The mezzo-soprano, Kathleen Kuhlmann, made her debut in 1979 at the Lyric Opera in Chicago; her European debut followed in 1980 at the Cologne opera; 1982 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in George Frideric Handelís Semele; the La Scala in Milan, the Glyndebourne Festival (title role in Rossiniís La Cenerentola), which was followed by the Salzburg Festival and the Metropolitan Opera.
Since that time Kathleen Kuhlmann appeared in Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Berlin, Essen, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Vienna, Barcelona, Bilbao, Naples, Parma, Pesaro, Genua, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Toulouse; and also in Sydney, Montreal and San Francisco. She sang G.F. Handelís Xerxes in Chicago, Munich and Cologne, Giulio Cesare in Munich, Paris, Bordeaux and Rome; Semele (the role of Juno) in Aix-en-Provence and Cologne Opera House, Alcina in Chicago and Paris; she gave L'italiana in Algeri in Dresden. She also sang Mistress Quickly in Giuseppe Verdiís Falstaff at the Cologne Opera House.
On the concert stage she appeared among other things with the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Berliner Symphoniker, and could be heard with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig.
Future engagements include a new production of Falstaff at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at the Santa Fe Opera.