Opera singers appeals for help in colleague’s cancer battle

Opera singers appeals for help in colleague’s cancer battle


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2015

Musicians in Washington DC and beyond are rallying for soprano Katherine Keem, a member of Washington National Opera who has stage 4 cancer and is fighting both for her life and to help her 12 year-old son fulfil a dream.

‘I was diagnosed with a very rare triple negative metaplastic breast cancer in November of 2014, during Washington National Opera’s production of La Boheme. I immediately had a total skin sparing mastectomy followed by 16 very harsh chemotherapy treatments, all in the hopes of zapping out the cancer. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. My first PET scan and my mammogram after chemo were supposed to be routine check-ups. But they weren’t. Soon I was experiencing a splitting headache with vomiting.  An MRI revealed that the cancer had spread to my brain. I am now facing stage 4 brain cancer.  All of a sudden, I’m fighting for my life, but I’ll fight strong for my 12 year old only child, Andrew. He’s my inspiration, my hope and my everything…

‘Before this cancer consumes my life, please help make it possible for me to live to see Andrew be a World Champion.’

Read more – and donate – here. Katherine needs to raise another $13,000.

katherine keem

We, Katherine’s colleagues at Washington National Opera, need you to help us get the word out. It takes so little of a donation from you. Think of what we spend for a tank of gas. We can make sure that Kate gets the care she so desperately needs. Now, she needs us.


  • Stuard Young says:

    What is her son’s dream?