This season, mezzo-soprano TAMARA MUMFORD makes her debut at the Dallas Opera in Iolante and returns to Opera Philadelphia in the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s Yardbird, a chamber opera about the life of jazz legend Charlie Parker. She also makes her debut at the Desert Song Festival in Tucson, AZ, and appears in performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company, some of which include Smeaton in the new production of Anna Bolena, and productions of Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Trittico, Parsifal, Idomeneo, Cavalleria rusticana, Nixon in China, The Queen of Spades, the complete Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Wozzeck. Other recent opera engagements have included the title role in the American premiere of Henze’s Phaedra and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at Opera Philadelphia, Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Glimmerglass Festival, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms, Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia at the Caramoor Festival, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Palm Beach Opera, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival; the title role in Carmen at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Principessa in Suor Angelica and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano in Italy; and the title role in La Cenerentola at Utah Festival Opera.
Also an active concert performer and recitalist, Tamara Mumford recently appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in U.S. and European tours of the world premiere of John Adams’ oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. She has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, and La Jolla Summer Music festivals. Other recent concert appearances have included a concert with James Levine and the Met Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall, her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 as part of the Richard Goode and friends concert series in Zankel Hall, and appearances in the Musicians from Marlboro summer festivals and U.S. tours. In recital she has been presented in New York by both the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Mumford has appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s Met: Live in HD series broadcasts of Anna Bolena, Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung, The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, Manon Lescaut, and Il Trittico. She recently recorded Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (Avie) and John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon), and she was one of sixteen singers invited to work with Naxos Records and Yale University in a collaborative project to record the complete songs of Charles Ives.
A native of Sandy, Utah, Tamara Mumford holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Utah State University and has received awards from the Opera Index Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Sullivan Foundation, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Joyce Dutka Foundation Competition, and the MacAllister Awards.