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Penelope Shumate, Adele

Penelope Shumate, Adele in Die Fledermaus

Penelope Shumate has been described as having a “voice with power” and a “welcome fire” on stage.  After her Carnegie Hall debut as the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana, she was invited to return to the historic venue to perform the work for a second time.  Other Carnegie Hall soloist appearances include performances in Messiah, St. Nicolai Mass and Coronation Mass.  Also in New York City, she performed the title role in Naughty Marietta in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

For her seventh appearance with Opera on the James, Miss Shumate is delighted to perform the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus.  An additional highlight of the fall season is her debut in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City as the Soprano Soloist in Messiah.  Recent opera company debuts include Musetta in La Bohème with Baltimore Concert Opera; Juliette in excerpts from Roméo et Juliette with Opera Company of Philadelphia and performing as a featured artist in an Opera Gala for Annapolis Opera. Her most recent soloist debuts with orchestras include Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Carmina Burana with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.

 Other recent engagements include her fifth soloist appearance at Carnegie Hall in Carmina Burana with Grammy award-winning conductor, Vance George; as well as her fourth appearance with the Duluth Festival Opera in the title role of Acis and Galatea.  Returning to the Drexel University Chorus and Orchestra, she was the Soprano Soloist in both Elijah and Haydn’s Theresienmesse.  For her second appearance with the Lynchburg College Choral Union and Orchestra, she performed as the Soprano Soloist in Messiah.  Returning to ConcertOpera Philadelphia for her third appearance, she performed Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Returning to Schola Cantorum  in her home state of Virginia, she performed as the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana.

 Other recent performances include Violetta in La Traviata with both Opera on the James and Duluth Festival Opera.  Also with Opera on the James, she performed the role of Musetta in La Bohème and performed as a soloist in “Opera Cabaret”. Her debut with the Berkshire Choral Festival as the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was described as “magnificent” and “effortless.” Returning to Carnegie Hall, she performed as the Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and in Haydn’s St. Nicolai Mass.  With the Baltimore Opera, she performed in a concert of Cole Porter favorites and well as two other opera concerts.  In Philadelphia, she performed as the Soprano Soloist for both Bach’s and Vivaldi’s Magnificat with the Drexel University Chorus and Orchestra.  She was also delighted to return to her hometown of Waynesboro, Virginia to debut with Schola Cantorum as the Soprano Soloist in Elijah.

A favorite of the Baltimore Opera, she has performed the roles of Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, High Priestess in Aïda, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, and the Shepherd Boy in Tannhäuser as well as numerous opera concerts.  For Opera Roanoke she has performed the roles of Galatea in Acis and Galatea, High Priestess in Aïda, Cunegonde and Gilda in excerpts of Candide and Rigoletto, and well as performing as the soloist in two other opera concerts.  She also sang the role of Cunegonde in excerpts of Candide with the Drexel University Orchestra.  She performed the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte and was the soloist in two opera concerts with Opera on the James.  For the Duluth Festival Opera, she was featured as a soloist for “The Divine Divas of Opera” and two “Opera Cabaret” concerts.  She performed the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Miss Silverpeal in The Impressario, and Don Ettore in La Canterina for ConcertOpera Philadelphia.  She performed the title role in Naughty Marietta and was the soloist in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the Little Orchestra Society of New York.  For the Jacksonville Lyric Opera, she performed Hanna in The Merry Widow.  With the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, she performed the role of Violetta in La Traviata and was the Soprano Soloist for Messiah.  She also performed as the soloist in Messiah with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, MidAmerica Productions, the Lynchburg College Choral Union, and the Drexel University Chorus and Orchestra.  She has performed as the Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem for Distinguished Concerts International of New York City and the Drexel University Chorus and Orchestra.  With the Luzerne Music Festival, she was featured in a chamber and pops concert.  She performed the Queen of the Night in excerpts from Die Zauberflöte with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra. Her musical theatre roles include Magnolia in Show Boat, which she performed with Rockwell Productions.