Tamara Hardesty

Tamara Hardesty


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Tamara Hardesty, soprano, is described by noted New York Times music critic James R. Oestreich as "...a particular joy, singing with a clear, agile soprano and spinning out the coloratura with ease." In addition, Andrew Porter wrote in the New Yorker magazine that Hardesty "...gave pleasure in many gentle, fluent, well-shaped passages."

Dr. Hardesty has sung lead operatic roles with such opera companies as Connecticut Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera's Merola program and Western Opera Theater Tours, Whitewater Opera in Indiana, Sorg Opera in Ohio, Lake George Opera in New York, Sarasota Opera in Florida, and L'Opera Francais de New York, Dicapo Opera, and Bronx Opera in New York City. She made her Kennedy Center debut performing the soprano solo in the Monteverdi Vespers with the Washington Chorus. She has also been a featured soloist in oratorios and concerts with the Westchester Oratorio Society in New York, the St. Joseph Symphony in Missouri, the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, and the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey.  Dr. Hardesty has given lieder recitals in New York City at Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, St. Peter's Church, St. Paul's Chapel, and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Dr. Hardesty is active in singing at events benefiting and memorializing victims of the September 11th tragedy and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

In 2009, Dr. Hardesty joined the voice faculty at Valdosta State University as an adjunct, and is now full-time Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to private voice lessons, she teaches Diction for Singers and is the Assistant Director for Opera Studio. Her performances with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra include the soprano solos in Mozart's "Exsultate, Jubilate," Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Mozart's "Great" Mass, Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, Haydn’s "Creation," and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She also sings faculty recitals and various events in the region.

Dr. Hardesty previously served on the voice faculty at New York University's Steinhardt School Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and at the University of Connecticut Department of Dramatic Arts and Community School of the Arts.  Dr. Hardesty earned her Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan School of Music, her Master's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Connecticut. Her published doctoral dissertation is titled: “Classical Training for Musical Theater Singing: Registration Issues in the Female Voice.”

While singing, teaching and directing in the South Georgia region, Dr. Tamara Hardesty maintains a private studio and frequently travels to New York to attend seminars and perform.