Camille Zamora, soprano

Photo: Devon Cass

“A singer blessed with intense communicative ability who blazes with passion” (Opera Magazine, UK), Camille Zamora balances a vibrant career of opera, recital and concert performances.

In repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango, and in collaboration with artists ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, Camille has garnered a passionate following for her “magnificent voice and impeccable technique” (Diario Dan Luis).

The 2014/15 season was a busy one for Camille, featuring her performance debut at the US Capitol with Yo-Yo Ma; her Kennedy Center debut; and five new opera productions, including Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner at Lincoln Center with American Symphony Orchestra, for which she was heralded for her “dignity and glowing sound” (New York Times), and a tour de force double-bill of La Voix Humaine and I Pagliacci with Opera Columbus and Columbus Symphony.

Recent highlights include Twin Spirits: Clara & Robert Schumann with Sting and Joshua Bell at Lincoln Center and LA’s Music Center; Ilia in Idomeneo at Boston Lyric Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Anchorage Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte at Glimmerglass Opera and Virginia Opera; Elle in La Voix Humaine at Auckland Opera, the Phoenicia International Festival, and Bay Chamber Festival; The Countess in Die Verschworenen and Europa in Die Liebe der Danae at Bard Summerscape; and Amore/Valetto in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Houston Grand Opera. Signature roles include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), as well as the title roles in Susannah, Alcina, and, most recently, Anna Bolena, of which the Houston Chronicle wrote, “Camille Zamora digs deep into Anna Bolena with the richness of her colorful and unwaveringly powerful soprano instrument… a consummate actress whose ability to get inside her character is phenomenal.”

In concert, Camille has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, London Symphony Orchestra, Guadalajara Symphony, Aberdeen Festival Orchestra, Boston Festival Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and in live recital broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. Highlights on the concert stage include Brahms’ Liebeslieder with Leon Fleisher at Aspen Music Festival, Beethoven’s Mass in C at Alice Tully Hall, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” with Chattanooga Symphony, and Schubert Lieder for the opening night of American Ballet Theater in a performance The New York Post called “one of the best received moments of the evening… quiet, monumentally serene Schubert art songs, beautifully rendered by soprano Camille Zamora.” Camille has sung Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, and, also at Carnegie Hall, the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Song of Elos, a performance she repeated at the American Academy in Rome. She made her Lincoln Center Festival debut in Bright Sheng’s Poems from the Sung Dynasty for Soprano and Orchestra in a performance praised by The New York Times as “dramatic and nuanced,” and premiered Grammy-winner Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Away but Not Far Away as part of The AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. A champion of contemporary music, Camille performed Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs for Soprano and Orchestra at the Bowdoin Festival under the baton of the composer, and works of Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano at Lincoln Center, as well as premieres of works by Franghiz Ali- Zadeh, Bernd Franke, Roberto Sierra, Henry Brant, and Richard Wargo with companies including Spoleto Festival USA, New York Festival of Song, Continuum, and American Opera Projects. Camille’s recordings of twentieth and twenty-first century works include Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner (Bridge Records), The Music of Chris Theofanidis (Albany Records), Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae (ASO), and the world premiere recording of Scott Gendel’s At Last with Yo-Yo Ma on An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope (Naxos/GPR).

Hailed as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish song by NBC Latino and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Camille has performed and recorded principal roles in zarzuelas including La Verbena de la Paloma, La Revoltosa, Luisa Fernanda, and La Tabernera del Puerto, and sang Rosita to Plácido Domingo’s Don Vidal in Luisa Fernanda at LA Opera. Her performances of classical Spanish repertoire have been heard on five continents, in series ranging from Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections and Sarasota Artists Series in the US, to Turkey’s Izmir Sanat and Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival abroad.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading “arts peace corps” non-profit that mobilizes artists in volunteer service and presents projects – such as NYC’s summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. A regular arts and culture contributor to The Huffington Post, she has presented and performed at The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, The Skoll World Forum, Opera America, Aspen Ideas Festival, and The United Nations. Camille has been honored with a World Harmony Torch-Bearer Award, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Recognition, a 100 Hispanic Women Community Pride Award, and named one of the Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy by Town & Country, NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, and one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People.