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."

Ms. Hardesty is thrilled to bring her experience in performing and teaching to Southern Georgia. She will make her Valdosta Symphony Orchestra debut in December 2009, singing Mozart's "Exsultate, Jubilate" and the soprano solo in Mahler's Fourth Symphony under the direction of Maestro Howard Hsu, her husband of nine years. She will also join the voice faculty at Valdosta State University.

Ms. Hardesty's operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, and Adele in Die Fledermaus, 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 (Faure Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Poulenc Gloria, Rutter Magnificat, Schubert Mass in A flat Major and Mass in G), and in 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.

Ms. 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. She has collaborated with "Weaving Japanese Sounds", a group that presents Japanese contemporary music to Western audiences. Ms. Hardesty was active in singing at events benefiting and memorializing victims of the September 11th tragedy in New York City.

While continuing her performing career in concert and opera throughout the country, Ms. Hardesty 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. She has given master-classes in Connecticut High Schools as part of the Hartford Symphony Mentoring Program. Her directing credits include the University of Connecticut Huskies on Stage production of Mozart's Impresario, for which she wrote an original updated script.

Ms. 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.