Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano, recently sang ‘Cinderella’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Winter Opera St. Louis, receiving rave reviews. Steve Callahan of Broadway World praised her portrayal, stating, “Miss Tombaugh more than triumphs as our Cinderella. Her lovely voice is full of power and clarity.” Sarah Bryan Miller of the St Louis Dispatch agrees, writing that “as Cenerentola/Angelina, mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh sang flawlessly and captured the character’s essential goodness…”
Kate recently also made her debut with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus soloing in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Upcoming engagements for the mezzo include a return to Performance Santa Fe this July 2017 to sing in three one-act operas: Jake Heggie’s Again, Mark Adamo’s Avow, and Joe Illick’s Feel the Tango. She’s a featured soloist with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas in Cincinnati in May 2017 to sing Bach’s ‘Wo gehest du hin?’ and returns to sing with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and Maestra Lucia Matos in a Women’s Concert. In December 2017 and May 2018, Kate will make her respective debuts with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra in their holiday concert, under the baton of Maestro Stephen Alltop, and with the Northwestern Indiana Symphony Orchestra in ‘Showboat and Showtunes’ with Maestro Kirk Muspratt.
Last season, Kate had the distinct pleasure of singing lead ‘Fanny Price’ in the American premiere of Indianapolis Opera’s 2016 production of Mansfield Park, composed by Jonathan Dove with libretto by Alasdair Middleton, based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Her additional roles include the title roles in Handel’s Ariodante and Massenet’s Cinderella, ‘Hansel’ in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, ‘Rosina’ in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, ‘Meg Page’ in Verdi’s Falstaff, ‘Carrie Pipperidge’ in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, ‘Annie Oakley’ in Irving Berlin’s Annie, Get your Gun, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and ‘Mad Margaret’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore.
She has been a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra in holiday and pops concerts, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, to name a few. Kate has premiered the works of numerous living composers, and is a frequent recitalist.
Kate has trained as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, 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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