Tamara Gura's uniquely warm timbred mezzo-soprano voice, her clear, precise coloratura and her dynamic stage presence have already won her engagements at some of the world's most prestigious opera houses.
Most recently in May 2013, she gave a successful debut in the title role of Handel's "Ariodante" under the baton of baroque specialist Christian Curnyn with the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Landestheater Salzburg. Critics hailed her as "a revelation!" (Der Neue Merker). She "delivered her arias with such masterful ease and flawless vocal clarity that it was a joy" (APA), and sang "believably, movingly with dark intensity."(Salzburger Nachrichten).
Other projects in the busy 2012/13 season included a new production of "Così fan tutte" (Dorabella) conducted by Leo Hussain, and a reprisal of the title role in "La Cenerentola" with the Mozarteum Orchestra where critics hailed her as "effortlessly a match for the greatest mezzos of this repertoire" (Nordbayern). She also sang Orlofsky in a new production of "Die Fledermaus", as well as expanding her modern music repertoire with a pivotal role in the world premiere of "18 Tage"-an opera about the Egyptian revolution. She also debuted with Hansjörg Albrecht and the Munich Bach Orchestra.
In the spring of 2012, she gave her debut under the baton of James Conlon at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome as Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In July 2012 she was immediately rehired by Maestro Conlon to sing two concerts including the music of Zemlinsky as part of the Spoleto Festival.
Also in the 2011/12 season, she also gave her debut in the title role of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" as a guest at the Landestheater in Salzburg under the baton of Leo Hussain to great critical acclaim. In May 2011, she made her London operatic debut as Hermia in Christopher Alden's new production (nominated for an Olivier Award) of Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at English National Opera. Critics described her Hermia as "standout" (Financial Times), "excellent" (The Times), and "velvet-toned" (Opera).
Following her highly praised debut at the Dresden Musikfestspiele in Gismonda in Lotti's Teofane, she made a successful debut in 2010 at the Semperoper in Dresden in the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
From 2006-2010, she was a resident soloist at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she interpreted leading roles such as Idamante,
Dorabella, Cherubino, Radamisto, Rosina, Orlofsky, Sesto, Zerlina, Hänsel, Wellgunde, and Bersi.
She made her Operatic debut under Nello Santi as a member of the prestigious Zurich Opera Studio. She was then a member of the Hamburg State Opera studio from 2004-2006, and has returned there to sing as a guest. Roles in Hamburg include Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Zaida in Christof Loy's new production of Il Turco in Italia, Annio, Mercédès, Dritte Dame, Pauline, Flora, Blumenmädchen, 3. Magd, and Gymnasiast in Peter Konwitschny's new production of Lulu a role she repeated for the Holland Festival.
Tamara was born in the USA to a family of Italian and Polish descent. From early childhood she had lessons in dance, voice, piano and theater. Ms. Gura received her musical training in the USA and participated in masterclasses with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Kurt Moll, and Ileana Cotrubas. She was the winner of a Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, a Semans Art Fund Grant for Foreign Study in Salzburg and was chosen by Eva Wagner-Pasquier to be part of the Académie européenne de musique in Aix-en-Provence.
Beyond her work on the operatic stage, she is also an active concert singer, particularly in the Baroque repertoire. She debuted in France with "Il Complesso Barocco" in Gluck's Le Cinesi, with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis conducting. She also sang at the concert hall in Thessolaniki the role of Vagaus in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans under the musical direction of George Petrou. She appeared as Maddalena with the Combattimento Consort in Amsterdam under the direction of Jan Wilhelm de Vriend and sang Piacere in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe under the direction of Andreas Spering.
She has worked with conductors such as Simone Young, Ingo Metzmacher, Nello Santi, James Conlon, Stefan Soltesz, Leo Hussain, and Vladimir Fedoseyev, and with baroque specialists such as Alessandro Demarchi, Alan Curtis, Christian Curnyn, George Petrou, and Andreas Spering.
Plans for 2013-2014 season include the role of Balkis in a new production of Gluck's "La Rencontre imprévue" in Salzburg, the role of Orlofsky in "Die Fledermaus" with the Tokyo National Symphony, as well as her much awaited operatic debut in the USA as Cherubino at the Central City Opera Festival, under the stage direction of Alessandro Talevi.
She speaks Italian, German, and English fluently.