Recognized as a singer of exceptional artistry and versatility, soprano Courtney Huffman is a captivating and inspiring young artist who is already making waves in the professional musical world. After taking First Place in the NATS 2008 Artist Award Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Huffman made her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in June, 2009.
The soprano was hailed for her stellar performance as Motezuma’s daughter, Teutile, in the Long Beach Opera’s U.S. Premiere of Vivaldi’s Motezuma. “Teutile…brilliantly sung by a young soprano, Courtney Huffman, just entering the professional arena, is treated as a supercilious young starlet...She sings and steals the stage...I hope opera talent scouts were on hand..." (Mark Swed, The LA Times).
Huffman made her professional operatic debut to critical acclaim with the Intimate Opera Company of Pasadena, California, portraying Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata, and reprised the role with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Huffman has appeared in over two dozen operas and opera scenes with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, USC Thornton School of Music Opera, and the Illinois Opera Theatre. Her stage credits include Betty in Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts, Frasquita in Carmen, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Johanna in Sweeney Todd.
An equally accomplished concert artist, Ms. Huffman is slated to perform a Baroque concert with conductor Lucinda Carver for Centrum’s Port Townshend Chamber Music Festival in July 2010. She has also performed as a soloist with New York City’s Orchestra Insonica and the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra in Sunriver, Oregon, under the baton of Maestro Lawrence Smith.
Ms. Huffman’s international debut in Shanghai and Hong Kong was followed by appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, where she performed Sextine Cyclus with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She was invited by National Public Radio to record the piece at the Harris Concert Hall for a nation-wide broadcast. Ms. Huffman returned to Aspen the following year, performing the U.S. Premiere of Oder Soll Es Tod Bedeuten?, a song cycle for soprano and strings by contemporary composer Aribert Reimann.
A native of Redmond, Oregon, Ms. Huffman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music.
Her accolades include the AEIOU Opera Scholarship (awarded by the American Educators of Italian Origin United), third place in the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artist Competition, the New Horizon Fellowship (Aspen Music Festival and School); and the Vocal Arts Department Award (University of Southern California).
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