Recognized for her “luscious tone” by the San Diego Tribune, soprano Tasha Koontz is an artist garnering attention from coast to coast. Ms. Koontz was recently honored to be named a Finalist in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in New York City and is the Third Prize All-Around Winner in the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego Competition, recognizing the best talent in the categories of winds, strings, piano, pipe organ and voice. She adds these accolades to her growing number of awards and recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – including the Illinois and Indiana Districts and Central Region as well as the San Diego District and Western Region, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artist Competition, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition, the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, the Susan and Virginia Hawk Competition and the Brava! Opera Theater Competition.
Tasha Koontz lends her unique combination of nuanced and vocally exciting performances to a gallery of leading ladies in her repertoire, including Violetta in La Traviata and Mimi in La Bohème with Opera on the Avalon, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Bay View Music Festival, Alice Ford in Falstaff with Indiana University Opera Theater and with /kor/ Productions, the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Northwestern University and was featured as Woman 1 in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Sugar Creek Opera. This spring she made her San Diego Opera debut as Annina in La Traviata conducted by David Agler and directed by Marta Domingo, making the most of the role. Her performance was memorable and Opera Today declared “Tasha Koontz sang beautifully as Annina.” This fall she returned to San Diego Opera to sing Edith in this season’s opening production of Pirates of Penzance . Tasha will make her debut with Central City Opera this summer singing First Lady in Die Zaubeflöte .
As last year’s First Place Winner in the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artist Competition, Ms. Koontz was featured in their 2017-2018 Season. First, she was the Soprano Soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and followed those appearances with performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana , later in the season. Ms.Koontz will also be making her debut with the San Diego Symphony in their Jacobs Masterworks: Music and world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concert in April. A striking concert artist, displaying exceptional artistry and musicianship her repertoire includes Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem , Strauss’ Four Last Songs , Handel’s Messiah , Poulenc’s Gloria, Bach’s B minor Mass , as well as Faure’s Requiem . The soprano has appeared with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Newfoundland Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern University Orchestra. Ms. Koontz is a recent Master of Music graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.