President and Artist Manager
Kathleen Berger became fascinated with opera at age three, and has been passionately involved in every aspect of the music business for nearly thirty years, from performing her first major role at age fifteen, to building sets/hanging lights, producing, teaching, and back to performing and managing her own career while helping her colleagues market their brands. After ten years in New York, she moved to Madrid, Spain, where she spent seven years singing roles such as Violetta (La traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. She was the first classical artist ever to appear with the festival Músicos en la Naturaleza, with whom she toured Spain, giving recitals to standing-room only crowds as part of a lineup including The Pet Shop Boys and Echo and the Bunnymen. As a result, she was featured as the cover artist of the magazine “Con M de Música,” a publication of El Mundo. She remains the only American artist to ever perform with the zarzuela troupe Compañía Lírica Dolores Marco. In addition, she established MusicianStaff, a service to translate singers’ materials into a variety of languages and help them more effectively market themselves to opera houses worldwide. Along the way, she met and married Spanish chef Manuel Alba Garrido. In 2013, she, Manuel, and the Four Kitties of the Apocalypse returned to her hometown, an undisclosed suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and she decided to devote her time to keeping great opera alive for the next generation of singers and audiences. She cut her teeth on public relations and promotion with MIA Artists Management, then left to found Berger Artist Management in 2015. Kathleen is convinced that the future of opera lies in great performing and education that make the audience part of the adventure, open collaboration among artists and producers, and savvy, forward-looking marketing that identifies and targets the needs of today’s operagoing public, utilizing brand recognition, social networking, and the wealth of other tools at our disposal.