Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International). Her 2017-2018 season has included debuts with Fort Worth Opera in the production ‘Brief Encounters’ and Stockton Opera as ‘Hansel’ in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Evansville Philharmonic, and the New Philharmonic ensembles. Recent engagements include singing ‘Angelina’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Winter Opera St. Louis, Bach’s Mass in B-minor with the Apollo Chorus, and ‘Fanny Price’ in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Indianapolis Opera.
Some of Kate’s career highlights include twice placing third in the Chicago Regional MONC Auditions, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera, and performing her Carnegie Hall debut upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.
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 and Massenet’s Cinderella, ‘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 and Lexington Philharmonic, and Performance Santa Fe. A fervent supporter of new works, she has sung various premieres by living composers.
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 in 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 a week-long summer music festival for high school-aged vocalists in Streator, IL. She has tremendous enthusiasm for outreach, education, and mentorship within the arts and enjoys visiting performing arts high schools and colleges as a guest lecturer and master class technician.
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