Colette Boudreaux, soprano
Soprano Colette Boudreaux has been praised for her "richly beautiful instrument – supple, silvery in tone, technically secure, and dramatically convincing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Since making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York, she has delighted audiences in recital, gala concert, and mainstage productions around the country. In the 2012/2013 Season she appears as concert soloist with the Harrisburg Choral Society (Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah) and Hendersonville Symphony, in addition to performing the title role in Ruth with Chancel Opera Company and appearing in recital for the Colorado Music Festival.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances with Asheville Lyric Opera (Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Liesl in The Sound of Music), New York's Verdi Square Festival (where she won "deserved ovations" according to Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times), Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Grandview Opera (Musetta in La Bohème) and the American Musical Theater Ensemble. Ms. Boudreaux was also selected to perform under the direction of Tony and Emmy Award-winner George Faison at the Inaugural Gala of New York's Faison Firehouse Theatre for guest-of-honor, poet Maya Angelou.
In February 2013, Boudreaux was chosen as one of 11 finalists in the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition for Art Song. Among her other awards, Boudreaux won Third Prize in the Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Kriendler Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music and the Dean's Scholarship at Oberlin Conservatory. With an active concert and recital schedule, Boudreaux's concert appearances have included the Historic Tennessee Theatre, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Classicopia Chamber Music Series and the Artists Recital Series at New York's St. John the Divine Cathedral.
Her past roles have included Musetta (La Bohème), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Frasquita (Carmen), and Madama Brillante in L'Italiana in Londra directed by New York City Opera's Albert Sherman. Recently she appeared in Asheville Lyric Opera's production of Sound of Music, stepping in as Liesl and choreographer.