Camille Zamora, soprano

Photo: Devon Cass

“A singer blessed with intense communicative ability who blazes with passion” (Opera Magazine, UK), soprano 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). 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, Elle in La Voix Humaine at Auckland Opera 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. Other signature roles include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mimì (La bohème), and 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, American 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. Recent highlights include collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma at Aspen Ideas Festival, performances and a new recording of Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony at Lincoln Center, and Schubert Lieder for the opening night of American Ballet Theater at City Center 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.” She has sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” with Chattanooga Symphony, Brahms’ Liebeslieder with Leon Fleisher at Aspen Music Festival, Beethoven’s Mass in C at Alice Tully Hall, 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. She performed Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs for Soprano and Orchestra at the Bowdoin Festival under the baton of the composer. Other notable contemporary performances include music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh for New York Festival of Song, Bernd Franke and Roberto Sierra for Continuum, Henry Brant and Tom Johnson for Spoleto Festival USA, Richard Wargo for American Opera Projects, and music of Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse. Her recordings include Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae and Schubert’s Die Verschworenen with American Symphony Orchestra, HMS Gilbert & Sullivan with Rochester Philharmonic, Music of Christopher Theofanidis with Composers Ensemble, and An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, on which she performs Scott Gendel’s “At Last” with Yo-Yo Ma.

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 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, and in 2013 was 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.