418af49e-7d3d-45b3-a150-d78ce9fa5ba2Kate Tombaugh’s work is very familiar to me. A couple of years ago she sang de Falla’s EL AMOR BRUJO with concert:nova and she impressed with her solid vocalism and a very keen understanding of the Spanish text. Sometime later I saw her with the Cincinnati Chamber Opera in Handel’s Ariodante. I wrote a review for Seen and Heard International and praised Kate, saying “In the youthful cast, the big-voiced and petite mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh was terrific in the title role, utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative. Her vocal coloration was dark enough for a role originally written for a male castrato, and bright and agile when needed to highlight the youthful ardor of the young heir to the throne of Scotland.”

Kate recently sent a lengthy mail newsletter telling me all about her upcoming gigs. I highlight here some, but if you are interested you can go to her website (www.katetombaugh.com) where you will see all kind of details about her upcoming musical activities.

Kate stars as “Fanny Price” in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Indianapolis Opera.   This production is the American premiere, with the story based on the novel by Jane Austen, and an adapted libretto by Alasdair Middleton. For ticket information, click on this link:


UPCOMING : April 9th, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Guest Artist – “Bach to Now” Chamber Music Series (Lexington, KY)

Selections include: Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, and arias from Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion http://bachtonow.org/index.php/recitals UPCOMING :April 10th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Guest Artist Recital Middletown Presbyterian Church (Middletown, OH) featuring Stephen Variames, piano and Joyce Zigler, flute UPCOMING : April 16th, 2015 at 7:30 PM Mezzo soloist Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Paducah Symphony Orchestra (Paducah, KY) http://paducahsymphony.org/2015-2016-season/

UPCOMING : April 19th, 2015 at 12:10 PM Guest Artist Recital Christ Church Cathedral’s  “Live at Lunchtime” Series (Cincinnati, OH)  featuring Stephen Variames, piano and Joyce Zigler, flute

JUST RELEASED: “It Just Takes One” CD released featuring Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano with Stephen Variames, piano – 18 tracks with musical works by Mozart, Rossini, Barber, Irving Berlin, Stephen Schwartz, Cole Porter and more! $25 / CD contact Kate to purchase your copy today: Email at: kate@katetombaugh.com

AND FINALLY: Click this link to hear these new audio recordings: http://www.katetombaugh.com/media/ Handel’s “Svegliatevi nel core” from Giulio Cesare… Barber’s “Must the Winter Come so Soon?” from Vanessa…”I’m not Waiting” by John Bucchino… “This Can’t be Love” by Rodgers and Hart from The Boys of Syracuse…

Kate Tombaugh’s singing is idiomatic whether she’s singing Handel of John Bucchino or Rodgers and Hammerstein. The voice is very beautiful, solid at both ends of the range and the technique rock solid.

Beyond all that I admire Kate Tombaugh for the ways she promotes her work. In a business/art form where worthwhile work is for young artists as rare as hen’s teeth, Kate takes matters in hand and goes after the work and gets it.

She’s a winner.

2 thoughts on “KATE TOMBAUGH, A WINNER

  1. What a sad state of affairs… As a “working”actor in So. Fla.for over 30 yrs. I can tell you that it is getting worse. The audiences are SMALL and the interest just doesn’t seem to be there…people would rather stay home and watch television than see live theatre. Our senses are overwhelmed and bombarded with too much information and sound. I believe peole don’t want to be challenged. The theaters that do classic musicals are the only ones that seem to be keeping their heads above water. It’s so depressing to see beautiful Theatre being done with only a handful of people to watch.
    Thank you Rafael, for the interesting and well-written article. I’m really looking forward to reading more.


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