Courtney Kalbacker is an opera performer, director, educator, and producer based in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. A dynamic coloratura soprano, Kalbacker was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She sings regularly with the Washington National Opera as a soprano chorister and principal ensemble member and has appeared locally with Annapolis Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Hub Opera Ensemble, and others. Favorite past principal roles include Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos; Mrs. Ford, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor; Baby Doe, The Ballad of Baby Doe; Adele, Die Fledermaus; Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance; and Angelina, Trial by Jury. Kalbacker’s performances as the originator of the one-woman monodrama The Young Wife (by Katarzyna Brochocka) were highly acclaimed internationally at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and Kingshead Theatre, London, as well as locally at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.
Kalbacker also supports the art form at large by bringing impactful operatic theatre to life from backstage. Her many roles off stage include directing and production positions with UrbanArias, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Peabody Opera (Peabody Institute), Baltimore Concert Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Live Arts Maryland, Silver Finch Arts Collective, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Oklahoma City University among others. Ms. Kalbacker is currently the Managing Director of Baltimore Concert Opera. Recent engagements include directing the short comedic operas Service Provider and The Whole Truth with UrbanArias, Assistant Directing Madama Butterfly at Michigan Opera Theatre, and directing the American premiere of Errollyn Wallen's ANON for Peabody Opera.
As a passionate educator and advocate for developing singer-actors, Kalbacker originated and taught the Acting for Singers curriculum for Boston University Tanglewood Institute for five seasons and leads the acting and improvisation classes at Lyric Opera Baltimore’s Opera Kids Camp. She also is the designer and facilitator of a interactive presentation for school children: "What is Opera? A Team!" In addition, Ms. Kalbacker is a current faculty member at Towson University where directs the Music for the Stage courses and various productions. She has completed a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University, continuing education courses in Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and a Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. Ms. Kalbacker is a proud resident of Baltimore where she lives with her husband, baritone Jeffrey Grayson Gates.