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This season, up and coming mezzo-soprano TAMARA MUMFORD returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the new productions of Das Rheingold and Nixon in China, as well Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, and The Queen of Spades. Upcoming engagements include a return to the Opera Company of Philadelphia as the title role in the American premiere of Henze’s Phaedra, a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and concerts with Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Festival. Next season she returns to the Met in its new productions of Anna Bolena and the complete Ring Cycle, and appears in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Utah Symphony.
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 their productions of Rigoletto, Ariadne, Il Trittico, Parsifal, Idomeneo, Cavalleria Rusticana, the complete Ring Cycle, and The Magic Flute (which was broadcast live in HD in movie theaters around the world). Other recent opera engagements have included her debuts at the Opera Company of Philadelphia as the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Glimmerglass Opera as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms as Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. She has also appeared as Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Palm Beach Opera; as the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival; as 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, Mumford has recently been presented in recital in New York by both the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Other recent concert appearances have included her debut at the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, a performance of Harbison’s Mottetti di Montale 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, an appearance at the Manchester Music Festival, and a solo recital at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society. Tamara Mumford has also developed a strong relationship with the Musicians from Marlboro. She first appeared in their music festival in the summer of 2006, and has since returned to their summer festivals and toured with them during the fall season.
In 2005 Mumford 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, Mumford holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Utah State University. Her many awards include the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award in the 2005 Opera Index Competition, second place in the advanced division in the 2005 Palm Beach Opera Competition, and awards in the 2005 Sullivan Foundation Competition, the 2005 Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, and the 2004 Joyce Dutka Foundation Competition. She was also a Mathias Winner and PBS Concert Soloist for the 2001 MacAllister Awards.