After spending her childhood moving around, Katja has called Perth home since moving here in 1995. She completed a Bachelor of Science with a Diploma of Modern Languages in German at the University of Western Australia in 2001 and an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts in Classical Voice at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2004. She won the Vienna State Opera Award in 2010 and the Opera Foundation of Australia’s Covent Garden scholarship in 2007, completing her studies at the National Opera Studio, London in 2008.
Katja has performed in Australia and Germany since 2006 in all genres of vocal music from musicals through operetta to opera. She has been acclaimed by critics and public alike for her portrayals of Nannetta in Falstaff (Verdi); Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach); Proserpina in L’Orfeo (Monteverdi); Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (J.Strauss jnr); Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet); Title role in Rusalka (Dvořák) and as the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart).
In 2013, her operatic roles included Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi); Violetta in La traviata (Verdi) and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Mozart) to which she added Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) in 2014 and Creuse in Medeé (Milhaud) in 2015.
On the concert platform, Katja has sung in Australia, Germany and the UK. Her performances have included Haydn’s Nelson Mass; Faurè’s Requiem; Bach’s Magnificat in D, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B Minor and Mass in F;Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus and Gloria; Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Acis and Galatea; Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Coronation Mass and Exsulatate, Jubilate; Dvořák’s Mass in D and Stabat Mater; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
In 2016, Katja released her first CD, Monday’s Child, with pianist, David Wickham and the second, Ghosts, Fools and Seers, was released in 2017. They are recordings of Australian Art Songs and include works by composers such as Margaret Sutherland, Dorian Le Gallienne, Paul Paviour and James Penberthy.