Kate Hurney garnered rave reviews in the international press for her Carnegie Hall debut and has continued to be praised for “her sweetly soaring soprano that seems to touch the stars.”
She has sung 85 opera roles with Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels; Opera Rara, London; Zurich Opernhaus; Opera de Nice and Theatre des Champs Elysees, France; for two years at the Stadtische Buhne, Freiburg, Germany; and in this hemisphere with the companies of Houston, Dallas, Boston, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo and the American Opera Society at Carnegie Hall.
Her oratorio and symphonic repertoire ranges from the Bachs: J.S. which she performed often with Rosalyn Tureck's International Bach Society, and C.P.E. through Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Faure and Mendelssohn to the 20th century's Stravinsky, Nielsen, Respighi and Zilcher. Orchestral engagements include the symphonies of Miami, Buffalo, and Houston, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Tanglewood and Marlboro Festivals.
Her recital life combines her interest in history and literature with the programs of the great singers of the past. She created and performed in programs such as
Kate has been active in contemporary music also, with works written for her by Hovhannes, Reyes, and Murray; premieres by Hollingsworth, Hundley, Quincy, Meyerowitz, Lerdahl and Barab, and collaborations with The Rachmaninoff Trio and the Long Island Chamber Ensemble. Chosen by Virgil Thomson for the Obie award-winning Mother of Us All production, she performed at Wolf Trap, The Music Theatre Group, the Kennedy Center for CBS-TV, and New York 's Tully Hall.
Her fondness for her Galway Irish heritage has led Kate to sing classical Irish music at the Belfast and Wexford Festivals; in ‘Bloomsday' programs in New York and Los Angeles; The Hackney Empire Theatre, London; The Finnegan's Wake Society of New York, and at St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC.
Recordings include Music Minus One (two solo albums); Decca (Charpentier with Musica Aeterna); Crystal/Poseidon; Ardee (Mozart with the London Philharmonia, conductor Charles Gerhardt) and 7 recordings for Sudwest Funk Germany (Monteverdi, Carrissimi, Handel) and The Rubini Society, Paris (19th century operas of Pacini).
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Kate received a B.A. from Tufts University, and attended the New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Accademia Chigiana (Italy), and Columbia University. .
She was awarded a fellowship from the Avalon Foundation for a year's study in Europe, and has had three grants from the Martha B. Rockefeller Fund, as well as won the New York Musicians' Club recital award.