Opera Adjunct Faculty
Catrin Rowenna Davies, director and mezzo soprano, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. In 2007, she started her directing career by assisting director Garnett Bruce in Peabody Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She then directed the Old Maid and the Thief for Harbor Opera at the Walters Art Museum, and assistant directed HMS Pinafore at the Young Victorian Theatre Company. After this auspicious beginning, she embarked on a successful regional career. Most recently, Ms. Davies directed Of Church and State, one of the Opera Etudes, for the Peabody Conservatory, and was part of the inaugural class of the Directors' Studio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, under the mentorship of Michael Kahn. Other recent highlights include: directing The Three Little Pigs, the educational outreach show for Opera Delaware, and assistant directing the world premiere of Bornfield's Camelot Requiem. At Lyric Opera Baltimore, she has directed Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus, and has also directed two outreach programs. At Live Arts Maryland, she has directed South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof and HMS Pinafore, the latter for which she received the following accolade from The Capital: “The staging and directing was handled absolutely brilliantly by Catrin Davies…” In the academic realm, Ms. Davies is a guest director and adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, a guest director at Harford Community College, and has been an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaching and directing music students. She was also on faculty at the Road Scholar program (formerly Elderhostel), where she lectured on a variety of musical topics, particularly operetta. This season, she is delighted to return to Peabody for her fourth year of directing the educational outreach opera. Ms. Davies holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, Montreal, and a Master's degree in Women's Studies from Oxford University.