Courtney Kalbacker is an opera performer, director, and producer. A dynamic coloratura soprano, she 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 recently with Annapolis Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Hub Opera Ensemble, and others.
In addition to her performing, 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. Kalbacker is currently the Managing Director of Baltimore Concert Opera and frequently produces new works with DC's contemporary opera company, UrbanArias.
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 instructs the acting and improvisation classes at Lyric Opera Baltimore’s Opera Kids Camp. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University, and a Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies.