Recognized for her sumptuous and expressive voice, 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.
Ms. 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 and the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Northwestern University. This spring she made her San Diego Opera debut as Annina in La traviata conducted by David Agler and directed by Marta Domingo. Reviewing the performance, Opera Today declared, “Tasha Koontz sang beautifully as Annina.” She will return to San Diego Opera in October for the season opener of The Pirates of Penzance as Edith as well as elsewhere in the 2018-19 Season.
As this year’s First Place Winner in the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artist Competition, Ms. Koontz appears as soloist in their 2017-18 performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Carl Orff’s Carmina burana. She has appeared with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Newfoundland Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern University Orchestra.
Tasha 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.