After an extensive three-month search, POP is proud to announce Katherine Powers as our new Executive Director. Katherine is no stranger to POP- she first sang with POP as Fiordiligi in our third production, Cosi fan tutte (2012), and has performed with us several times since. She already knows our brand, our culture, and our mission inside and out!

This operatic soprano is equally as fierce “behind the scenes”- after serving for seven years as founding Director of Vocal Arts at California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley where she oversaw all conservatory operations including strategic planning, curriculum design, oversight of faculty and staff, event production, and fiscal management while forging community partnerships throughout LA. In Josh Shaw’s own words, “Katherine is one of the few people I know who can just get things done, whatever the circumstance.”

We can’t wait to see what POP’s next chapter of growth looks like with Katherine on our team! Help us welcome her by leaving a comment below…

OR if you’d prefer to give her a personal welcome, come say hi at #POPaganza! She’ll be there for her first official appearance as Exec Director. Most seats are already gone! Info/tix at


Katherine is delighted to reprise the role of “Gina” in The Magic Dream, a modern retelling of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with LA Opera Outreach. The production will tour all over LA County, and will reach over 5000 students!

Katherine is delighted to partner once again with long-time collaborators Pacific Opera Project for their flagship production of Carmen at the Ford Amphitheater on September 1st, 2018. Katherine will be singing the role of Frasquita in this audience favorite. The performance will be music directed by her husband, conductor Michael Christ Powers.


September 1, 2018

The Ford Amphitheater

2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Directed and Designed by Josh Shaw

Conducted by Michael Powers

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Tickets $24-$64

Click here to purchase tickets


Katherine is thrilled to join Maestro Conlon and LA Opera again for their annual Cathedral Project at the famous Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

Professional singers and musicians from LA Opera will collaborate with more than 400 members of the Los Angeles community to present the world premiere of Jonah and the Whale, a new opera for audiences of all ages by composer Jack Perla and librettist Velina Hasu Houston.

“Jonah” Dress Rehearsal - March 19, 2014

Following in the tradition of previous Cathedral Project productions, Jonah and the Whale will feature professional opera singers in the leading roles and members of the LA Opera Orchestra, performing along with a large group of community-based performers drawn from schools, churches, choirs and orchestras from every part of Los Angeles.

Performances of Jonah and the Whale will take place at The Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 7:30pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 7:30pm

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the LA Opera Website.

LA Opera at The Taste of Italy

Saturday, Oct 14th at 6:45pm

Katherine will be featured in a recital of opera favorites with friends and LA Opera colleagues Ashley Faatoalia and Charlie Kim at The Taste of Italy event on Saturday October 14th, 2017. The event features some of the best Italian food and wine in Los Angeles and will run from 5pm -10pm. The recital presentation will take place at 6:45 pm in the kiosko (gazebo) on the plaza. Tickets are available online. Click here for more information.

Taste of Italy

Three Paderewskis

Friday, November 3rd at 8:30 pm

Katherine will sing the role of Antonina in the world premier of Three Panderewskis, with book by Oliver Mayer and music by Jenni BrandonIgnacy Jan Paderewski was a Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. This musical/opera hybrid is one of nine finalists in a competition for a treatment of a musical play based on Panderewski’s life. More information about the competition can be found here.


Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, November 11th at 7:30 pm

Katherine is delighted to join the Azuza Pacific University Symphony Orchestra and Choir as the soprano soloist for Handel’s beloved Messiah.

Saturday, November 11th, 7:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Glendale
209 N Louise St, Glendale, CA 91206

Admission is free. Click here for more information.


La Bohème AKA: “The Hipsters” with Pacific Opera Project

Dec 8th,  9th, 14th, 15th, 16th at 8pm

Katherine is thrilled to reprise her role as Musetta for the third time in Pacific Opera Project’s brand-defining production of La Bohème AKA: The Hipsters. Set in modern-day Highland Park with cleverly ironic supertitles, this production features table seating with food and wine and promises to be a raucous good time. Tickets sell out fast so please reserve early. For more information click here.

Dec 8th,  9th, 14th, 15th, 16th at 8pm
The Ebell Club of Highland Park
131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles  90042

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