German actress and singer, celebrated star of the Berlin stage Katharine Mehrling is one of Europe’s great leading ladies in musical theater today. The Berliner Zeitung called her voice “pure magic, smoky and intimate, yet it blows you away,” and Radio France International raved, “Katharine Mehrling is a must-see performer.”
Born and raised in a little village near Frankfurt/Main, she felt drawn to the large metropolises of the world and studied acting and musical theatre in London and New York.
An unparalleled singing and acting career that began at the London West End revival of HAIR led to numerous starring roles throughout Europe, in productions like IRMA LA DOUCE, KISS ME KATE, PIAF, THE THREE-PENNY OPERA, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, CABARET, and EVITA (Ronacher Theater Vienna, under the tutelage of director and choreographer Vincent Paterson).
Katharine Mehrling is a six-time winner of the Berlin Theatre Association’s Best Actress Award for her portrayals of Judy Garland in END OF THE RAINBOW and Diana Goodman in NEXT TO NORMAL, as well as for her major triumphs at the Komische Oper Berlin as the raunchy Cowboy heroine in Emmerich Kalman’s ARIZONA LADY and the gender-bending female Jazz Composer Daisy Darlington in Barrie Kosky’s renaissance of the “degenerate” Berlin Jazz Operetta BALL AT THE SAVOY by Paul Abraham and for her thrilling interpretation of Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY. Further more for her solo shows: PIAF AU BAR, MEHRLING AU BAR and VIVE LA VIE at the Bar jeder Vernunft. She also won the Grand Prize for Best Actress for her performance as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL at the 2019 Bad Hersfeld Festival and was awarded the “Berlin Bear” Award for Culture, for her outstanding performances within the cultural landscape of Berlin.
Katharine has been recognized as one of the greatest interpreters of EDITH PIAF’S chansons. Due to the 100th birthday of Piaf she gave 2 gala concerts with an orchestra of 70 musicians at the Komische Oper Berlin. Piaf’s last composer, Charles Dumont (Non, je ne regrette rien) travelled all the way from Paris to hear her sing.
Collaborating with German jazz legend Rolf Kühn, Katharine composed the songs for her album Am Rande Der Nacht (AT THE EDGE OF THE NIGHT).
Katharine Mehrling has credits in film and television in Europe and was featured as a singer in the film VALKYRIE starring Tom Cruise.
Following her smash hit New York concert debut last year in Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, where she stopped the show with four standing ovations, Katharine will return to Joe’s Pub October 5th, 2019.
“Berlin’s Most Celebrated Voice”—Vaudeville Variety
“La Mehrling, the Talent of the century, is a force of nature. Magnificent!With her unique voice, which expresses so much soul, she sends shivers up and down the spine”—BZ Berlin
“She penetrates directly into the heart and mind, and even more, into the soul of her audience.”—RBB Kultur
“Katharine Mehrling continues the legacy of Piaf“—Berlin Global
“Katharine Mehrling is a sorceress. That voice drowns you like an ocean wave with a dangerous undercurrent. She has an aura of fragile audacity.”—Berliner Morgenpost