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This season, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford returned to the Metropolitan Opera for A Midsummer Night's Dream and Wozzeck, and appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. This summer she appears in concert at the Vail Bravo! Music Festival, returns to the Hollywood Bowl for Cavalleria Rusticana with Gustavo Dudamel, and makes her debut at the Caramoor Festival in Lucrezia Borgia. Next season's many engagements include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Utah Symphony Orchestra, her debuts at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Desert Song Festival in Tucson, AZ and the Dallas Opera; and her return to Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder's Yardbird, a chamber opera about the life of jazz legend Charlie Parker.
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared as Smeaton in the new production of Anna Bolena, and in productions of Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Trittico, Parsifal, Idomeneo, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nixon in China, The Queen of Spades, the complete Ring Cycle, and The Magic Flute. 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 the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the title role in Dido and Aeneas at the Glimmerglass Festival, Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms, 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, Ms Mumford recently appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in US and European tours of the world premiere of John Adam’s oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. She has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, 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's summer festivals and US 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.
Ms Mumford has appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s Met: Live in HD series broadcasts of Anna Bolena, Das Rheingold, Gotterdämmerung, The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, Manon Lescaut, and Il Trittico, She also recorded Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (Avie), and in 2005 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, Ms. Mumford holds a Bachelors of Music 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. Ms. Mumford was also a Mathias Winner and PBS Concert Soloist for the 2001 MacAllister Awards