“It just takes one meticulously trained, disciplined and multi-
talented performer to make Kate Tombaugh’s one-woman show
[It Just Takes One] a delightful study of a ‘young traveling opera
singer’s’ life as she pursues her career dreams and attempts to
find true love….”
“…Kate sings so magnificently, operatically,
comically (when called for) and with genuine depth of feeling…”
“…this musical revue [is] such an enjoyable showcase for two
young women whose careers are staged to blast off.”
~Marcia Weiss, Reviewer, The Pantagraph on the show “It Just Takes One” 10-13
“Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh was a delight as Meg Page.”
~Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Winter Opera St. Louis; Falstaff 2-14
“Kate Tombaugh, a mezzo-soprano with a beautifully clear
voice and fine acting ability, prevailed as the First Place Winner.
Her rendition of Sexy Lady (Moore) brought down the house…..”
~Comic Opera Guild; Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, 2012
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh will be making her solo debut with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra this September 2014. She will return to Performance Santa Fe (formerly known as the Santa Fe Concert Association) January 2015 for her fourth principal role with the company as “Hansel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In Cincinnati, OH in February 2015, Kate will sing a world premiere written by Steven Weimer for mezzo soloist with the CCM Concert Orchestra and debut with the Music for All Seasons concert series in their “Bewitched…A Romantic Cabaret” concert. She finishes out the month singing the title role in Handel’s Ariodante with the Cincinnati Chamber Opera.
The past season saw Kate as “Rosina” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with the Santa Fe Concert Association (NM), as “Hansel” in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha (NE), and as “Meg Page” with Winter Opera St. Louis in Verdi’s Falstaff (MO). Additionally, she made her solo debuts with the Heartland Philharmonic in the State Farm 30th annual “Sounds of Christmas” concert, the Lexington Philharmonic in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Jackson Symphony in their “Tchaikovsky Explosion” concert. Kate premiered her originally-conceived one-woman show “It Just Takes One” in October with Prairie Fire Theatre in Bloomington, IL.
Kate has sung as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera/Utah Symphony, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Additionally, she sang as a Stern Fellow at the LA-based Songfest and in the Opera Studio of the A.I.M.S Festival in Graz, Austria. Her experiences on the stage range from musical theater to operetta and opera, with a strong background in choral and oratorio literature.
She has twice won Third Place in the Central Regional Finals, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2007; 2009). In January 2013, Kate made her Carnegie Hall solo debut upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. Additionally, she won the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition in 2012, placed second in the Nicholas Z. Loren Vocal Competition, hosted by the Holland Chorale (2013), and was awarded the “Grace Keagy Award” by the NYC-based Kurt Weill Foundation in their annual Lotte Lenya Foundation (2012).
Kate has been involved in youth music education through directing youth choirs, teaching voice privately, coordinating and teaching music and drama courses, and performing in a multitude of outreach programs geared toward youth. She is a frequent recitalist and has an expansive interest in the varying styles and eras of composition. Concerts featuring Kate have spanned Bach and early music festivals to the premieres of newly-composed works.
She is originally from a farm near Streator, Illinois and grew up on land that has been in the Tombaugh family for six generations. She considers her farm upbringing and heritage to be defining factors of her personality, as well as the experience of growing up in a musical and theatrical family. Her first experience on the stage took place at age 5 at the Engle Lane community theater just down the road, where she and her family spent most of their summers performing.