Katharine B. Free began doing KXLU’s Monday Night at the Opera in the 1970’s and, after a hiatus of several years, came back to the program as the host in 1987. She has been doing the show continuously since then. She is a life-long devotee of opera and, over many decades, has seen great productions and great artists in many places in the world. She has conducted interviews with singers, conductors and directors such as Placido Domingo, Richard Leech, Zuben Mehta, Jennifer Larmore, Beverly Sills, Jonathan Miller and Achim Freyer. She has also lectured for Los Angeles Opera on many topics such as Wagner’s Lohengrin, Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), Eighteenth Century Opera Houses, Beaumachais and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Katharine B. Free completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles. She teaches theatre history and dramatic literature as well as directs. She has published articles on the Greek theatre and translation in academic journals and has delivered papers at international scholarly conferences, most recently Comparative Drama Conference where where her translations and adaptations of Menander’s The Arbitration (Epitrepontes), The Girl with the Cropped Hair (Perikeiromene) and The Misanthrope (Dyskolos) have received staged readings. . Her adaptation of Menander’s The Arbitration (Epitrepontes) was performed as part of the 2012-2013 LMU Theatre Arts Season. She retired from full-time teaching in 2015 as Professor Emeritus. In 2017 Professor Free was elected to the LMU Faculty Hall of Fame.