"Tasha Koontz... showed off a sumptuous, gleaming lyric instrument in her hauntingly beautiful and evocative scene. Hearing her timbrally rich and even singing makes one hope that this soprano of promise can grow into a Verdian of distinction."
Recognized by Parterre Box for her “sumptuous, gleaming lyric instrument” and by Opera Wire for her “secure silvery high notes,” soprano Tasha Koontz is an artist garnering attention from coast to coast. Ms.Koontz lends her unique combination of nuanced and vocally exciting performances to a gallery of leading ladies in her repertoire. In the 2019/20 season, Ms. Koontz sang the soprano solos in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the San Diego Symphony, performed the role of the High Priestess in Verdi's Aïda with the San Diego Opera, performed as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with the San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra, and performed Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the California Chamber Orchestra. Recently, Ms.Koontz was heard on the WFMT radio broadcast of the 2019 performance of Aïda with Chicago Symphony Orchestra in which she sang High Priestess. Ms.Koontz recently had the pleasure of covering Ana Maria Martinez in the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Boheme in a groundbreaking drive in opera production by San Diego Opera in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms.Koontz’s upcoming engagements have been postponed. These included solo engagements to sing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, recital appearances, and opera performances. Ms.Koontz will next appear with San Diego Opera in the 2021 and 2023 seasons.
In the 2018/19 season, Ms.Koontz returned to San Diego Opera singing the role of Frasquita in Carmen under the baton of Maestro Yves Abel. Broadway World recognized Ms.Koontz for her “accurate powerful voice," and the San Diego Union Tribune followed suit, describing her as a “power soprano.” Later that same season, Ms.Koontz made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra singing the High Priestess in Verdi's Aïda under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti.
In the 2017/18 season, Ms.Koontz returned to San Diego Opera to sing Edith in the season’s opening production of Pirates of Penzance, as well as her debut with Central City Opera as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with great success. David Marlowe described her performance of First Lady as “nothing short of divine.”
In the 2016/17 season, Ms.Koontz made her San Diego Opera debut as Annina in La Traviata conducted by David Agler and directed by Marta Domingo. Of her performance, Opera Today declared, “Tasha Koontz sang beautifully as Annina.”
Additional roles performed include Violetta in La Traviata and Mimì 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 in Chicago, the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Northwestern University, as well as Woman 1 in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Sugar Creek Opera.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Koontz has performed as the soprano soloist with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus for their performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 , as well as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Ms.Koontz debuted with the San Diego Symphony in their Jacobs Masterworks: Music and world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concert. Additional concert 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 also appeared with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Newfoundland Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern University Orchestra.
Ms. Koontz has been the first place vocal winner in the Musical Merit Foundation Awards competition as well as the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young Artist Competition, the second place winner in the Susan and Virginia Hawk Vocal Scholarship Competition, the recipient of an encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Western Region. She was also chosen to compete in the semi-finals of the Belvedere Competition, was named a Finalist in the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. Additional awards and recognition include the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Illinois and Indiana Districts and Central Region as well as the San Diego District and Western Region, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition, the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and the Brava! Opera Theater Competition.
Ms. Koontz is a Master of Music graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with acclaimed soprano Carol Vaness, and received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University.