Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh returns to Winter Opera St. Louis this January 2017 to portray “Angelina/Cinderella” in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Additional performances this upcoming season include Kate’s debut with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago as the alto soloist in Bach’s b-minor Mass and her return to Cincinnati in May 2017 to solo with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, an ensemble with whom she frequently performs, in Bach’s ‘Wo gehest du hin?’
Last season, Kate debuted as “Fanny Price” in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Indianapolis Opera and as the mezzo soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, last month she made her debut as the featured soloist with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale in their annual Christmas concert. Other 2015-2016 highlights include her performances in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with Performance Santa Fe and her Canadian debut with Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s Newfoundland, singing “Carrie Pipperidge” in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
Kate’s roles include the title role in Handel’s Ariodante with the Cincinnati Chamber Opera (OH), “Hansel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and “Rosina” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Performance Santa Fe (NM), “Hansel” with Opera Omaha (NE), and “Meg Page” with Winter Opera St. Louis in Verdi’s Falstaff (MO). Recent guest appearances have seen Kate singing with the CCM Concert Orchestra in a world premiere of “Through the Frame,” written by Dr. Steven Weimer, and her debuts with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, 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 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 holds a masters degree in voice from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, and dual undergraduate degrees in english literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She studies with Mary Henderson Stucky. Kate is a farmgirl originally from Streator, Illinois. She is currently based in Murray, KY where her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, is on the music faculty at Murray State University.
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