“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”
“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 made her solo debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall last January upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She is currently performing in her own originally-conceived one-woman show, “It Just Takes One” in Bloomington, IL with Prairie Fire Theatre and with Jill Jantzen on piano.
Most recently, Kate was seen as a 2nd year Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera this summer 2013 where she covered “Flora” in Verdi’s La Traviata and “Amelie” in Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. Earlier in 2013, she portrayed the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) with the Santa Fe Concert Association under the direction of Richard Kagey and the baton of Joseph Illick.
Season 2013-2014 sees Kate as “Hansel” in Hansel and Gretel in Opera Omaha’s Education performances (November 2013), “Rosina” in The Barber of Seville with the Santa Fe Concert Association (January 2014) as “Meg Page” in Verdi’s Falstaff with the Winter Opera of St. Louis (February 2014), and making her solo debut with the Jackson Symphony (March 2014).
Kate has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Concert Association, Utah Opera/Utah Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Madison Opera. Additionally, she sang as a Stern Fellow in 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.
Kate has been a two-time Central District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; both times she received Third Place in the Central Regional Finals. 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 very 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.
Kate 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.