Caitlin McKechneyActor, Mezzo-soprano

Caitlin McKechney is quickly making a name for herself as a dynamic singing actress in both opera and theater. Recently, Caitlin was hailed for performance of Inez Serrano in Andy Vores’s No Exit with Florida Grand Opera. She was described as “coolly sexy [… with an] alluring mezzo-soprano timbre, incisive verbal diction, expressive eyes and catlike movements,” and “… clearly the show’s star” by Lawrence Budmen of the South Florida Classical Review. Caitlin returns to the Florida Grand Opera stage this year as Myrtale in Thaïs and will join Opera North this summer as Flora in La Traviata and cover Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

Operatic credits include the title role in Carmen, Maddalena in Rigoletto,Third Lady in the Magic Flute, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, the title role in Cendrillon, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Meg Page in Falstaff, Flora in La Traviata, and the Wife/Mother in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek. She has sung with such companies as Florida Grand Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Chicago Opera Vanguard and Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. Equally versed in musical theater, Caitlin has been seen as Tessa in The Gondoliers, Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, the Witch in Into the Woods and Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate.

A champion of new music, Caitlin is currently a member of the new music ensemble Hotel Elefant, and has performed the works of many living composers including George Crumb, Chinary Ung, Kirsten Volness, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Andy Vores, Eric Reda and many others. Having grown up playing the guitar and singing folk and rock music, Caitlin is a founding member of the group The Opera Cowgirls who make opera accessible to new audiences by performing opera at (and sometime on) bars and adding operatic sounds to familiar rock and country songs, cultivating a new generation of opera fans.