A native of Sandy, Utah, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford holds a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, her many honors include the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award in the 2005 Opera Index Competition, and awards in the Palm Beach Opera, Sullivan Foundation, Connecticut Opera Guild, and Joyce Dutka Foundation competitions.
This season, Ms. Mumford tours the US and Europe with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and appears in Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival in a performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. She also makes her debuts with the Milwaukee, Eugene, and Santa Barbara symphonies. This week’s performances mark her San Francisco Symphony debut.
Ms. Mumford’s recent opera engagements have included the title role in the American premiere of Henze’s Phaedra and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Glimmerglass Opera, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea at Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the BBC Proms, Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri at Palm Beach Opera, The Rape of Lucretia at the Castleton Festival, Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, and the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Utah Festival Opera. Ms. Mumford has also appeared in several of the Metropolitan Opera’s The Met: Live in HD series broadcasts.
Also an active concert performer and recitalist, Ms Mumford recently made her Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, and Grand Teton Festival debuts. 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. She also enjoys a close relationship with Musicians from Marlboro. Ms. Mumford can be heard on Naxos Records’ multi-volume set of the complete songs of Charles Ives.