Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International). She has performed professionally with opera companies and symphonies throughout the U.S. in works that range the gamut of classical and musical theater repertoire.
During the 2018-2019 season, Kate will return to Winter Opera St. Louis as “Isabella” in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and to Fort Worth Opera as “The Dough” in composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters’ Companionship, a world premiere. Additionally, she’ll make return solo appearances with the New Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements have included singing “Hansel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Stockton Opera and singing as featured soloist with Orchestra Seattle, the Apollo Chorus, and the Northwestern Indiana Symphony Orchestra.
Kate’s career in opera was initiated when she placed third in the Chicago Regional MONC Auditions, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera. Since then, other career highlights have included performing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, and singing the lead role of ‘Fanny Price’ in the American premiere of Indianapolis Opera’s production of Mansfield Park, composed by Jonathan Dove. Additional accolades include winning the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition, placing second in the Nicholas Z. Loren Vocal Competition, hosted by the Holland Chorale, and being awarded the “Grace Keagy Award” by NYC-based Kurt Weill Foundation in their annual Lotte Lenya Foundation.
Tombaugh’s portrayals include title roles in Handel’s Ariodante, Massenet’s Cinderella, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola, ‘Annie Oakley’ in Irving Berlin’s Annie, Get your Gun, and ‘Mad Margaret’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, among others. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and Performance Santa Fe.
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Kate trained as a young artist in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist program, as a Gerdine Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow with the LA-based Songfest, and performed in the Opera Studio at AIMS in Graz, Austria. She holds a masters degree in voice from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), and dual undergraduate degrees in english literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Kate is a farm girl originally from Streator, Illinois. She is currently based in southwestern Kentucky where her husband, composer Steven Weimer, is on the music faculty at Murray State University.
She is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization, Poco a Poco, hosting an intensive, week-long summer music training program for high school-aged vocalists in Streator, IL (www.pocoapoco.org).
She has tremendous enthusiasm for outreach, education, and mentorship within the arts and enjoys visiting performing arts high schools and colleges as a guest performer and master class technician.
Her one-woman show It Just Takes One is available for booking:(http://katetombaughproductions.com)