Soubrette Soprano

Soubrette Soprano


Soubrette is a French voice classification term assigned to women who often play young, physically active operatic roles. Most soubrettes have a bit warmer vocal color and are comfortable singing throughout the soprano range. Their upper extension is not quite as high or “shiny” as that of a coloratura, but they often have a richer timbre in their middle and upper middle voice. Soubrettes are often petite in stature and have a “perky” disposition! Maids such as Despina and Adele are often cast with soubrettes. Some soubrettes also sing roles such as Susanna (in The Marriage of Figaro), Zerlina, Ännchen (Der Freischütz), and Norina.

What's a Soubrette?

Catherine Nix continues to delight audiences across the country with her vocal versatility and creative recital programming.  She is equally comfortable in the musical genres of opera, oratorio, sacred works, orchestral works, and intimate chamber ensemble settings. Her warm vocal timbre is evenly balanced with the clarity of her coloratura. 

Dr. Nix was selected as a finalist for the George Cortez Classical Singing Award by the San Antonio Artist Foundation in 2008 and 2013.  She was also the second place winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition and a regional finalist in the Texoma National Association of the Teachers of Singing Artists Award Competition. She has performed with ensembles and symphonies in San Antonio, Niwot, LIttleton, Westminster, Longmont and Boulder. 

As an experienced recitalist, she has recently produced concerts entitled Visiting Emily: Song Settings of the Poems of Emily Dickinson, It’s All About the Food, Spewing Gargoyles and Singing Serpents:  Vocal Music of the 20th Century, and Through the Eyes of a Child.  Her most recent artist recital, Exsultate!  A Sacred Music Recital, was performed in Boulder, Colorado in July, 2017.

In addition to fulfilling her schedule of performance engagements, Dr. Nix serves on the voice faculty of The University of the Incarnate Word and Musical Arts Center of San Antonio.  She enjoys sharing her love of vocal literature, diction and pedagogy with her students and finds their creativity a catalyst for renewed energy in her own performing.

Dr. Nix has also been active in liturgical music and is in demand as a workshop clinician. She has worked with church musicians across the country, and she specializes in the ministry of the Catholic cantor.




Requiem (Mozart)

The Phantom of the Opera (Tibaudeau)

Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn)

Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)

Via Crucis (Liszt)

Messe in C (Beethoven)

Litaniae Laurentanae, K. 109 (Mozart)

Gloria (Vivaldi)

Nixon in China Excerpts (Adams)

Opera!  Opera!

Quatre Sonnets a Cassandre (Martin) - Moscow String Quartet


A Night at the Opera

Messe Solennelle St. Cecilia (Gounod)

Opera Gala (Colorado Opera Troupe)

Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento, K. 125, (Mozart)

Zimriyah!:  A Festival of Hebrew Song

Welcome Thou King of Glory (Lubeck)

Emily Dickinson Songs (Copland)

Choral Fantasy (Beethoven)

Die Serenaden, Opus 35 (Hindemith)

A German Requiem (Brahms)



Doctor of Musical Arts | The University of Colorado at Boulder
Vocal Performance and Pedagogy under Dr. Barbara Doscher 

Master of Music | The Florida State University, Tallahassee
Vocal Performance under Janice Harsanyi and Yvonne Ciannella

Bachelor of Arts in Music l The University of N. Florida, Jacksonville
Emphasis in Voice under Dr. Merrill Palmer 





The Composers Alliance of San Antonio:  New Art Songs

Sts. Peter and Paul Artist Series (New Braunfels)

Eighth Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference

National Association of the Teachers of Singing Texoma Region

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of Toledo

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (Benefit)

Colorado Christian University

Front Range Community College

Nativity of Our Lord

Caring Pregnancy Center (Benefit)

University of Colorado at Denver

Boulder Chorale (Benefit)

Texas Tech University

Eastern New Mexico University

Armstrong Atlantic University

Lubbock Christian University

Montana State University

University of Georgia

Adams State University








Jennifer Seighman

San Antonio Choral Society

Susan Slaugh

San Antonio Messiah Association

Deana Johnson

Youth Orchestra of San Antonio

Gary Mabry

San Antonio Choral Society

Bahman Saless

Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Michel Singer

Florida State University

Giora Bernstein

Colorado Music Festival

Alan Yamamoto

Colorado Music Festival

Robert Spillman

University of Colorado at Boulder

Salvador Brotons

Florida State University

Jurgen deLemos

Littleton Symphony

Brian St. John

Timberline Symphony

Benjamin Winkler

Westminster Symphony

Galen Darrough

Longmont Chorale

Harriett Simons

Longmont Chorale

Laura Dreilich-Gillette

Boulder Chorale

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