JUDETH SHAY BURNS has received critical acclaim for her portrayals of operatic and musical theatre heroines. Recent performances include those as guest soloist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Colorado Christmas Concert, telecast live on CBS Channel 4 from Boettcher Hall; Community Concert tours throughout the region for Central City Opera; Mozart Concert Arias with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; selections from Kirk Meecham's John Brown for the Opera America National Convention; David Crumb's Hearing Bells for the Colorado College New Music Symposium, and a guest recital for the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. She also reprised her role of Baby Doe Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado. She has performed with the Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, the Aspen Music Festival, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the Santa Fe Symphony, the St. Barts Music Festival in the French West Indies, the Landmark Festival in London, and a European Tour with Mid-American Productions, in such roles as Violetta, La Traviata; Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi; Norina, Don Pasquale; Gretel, Hansel and Gretel; and Baby Doe, The Ballad of Baby Doe. Her concert and oratorio repertoire includes Samuel Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915, Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, the Bachianas Brasilieros by Villa Lobos, and Carmina Burana. She has also performed as a back-up singer for Sarah Brightman, and appeared in master classes with Regine Crespin, Martin Isepp, Hakan Haggegard and Steven Blier. Ms. Burns is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, and the University of Colorado. She has also studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Circle in the Square in New York City. Ms. Burns is a member of the voice faculty at Colorado College and a teaching artist for Central City Opera, and the recipient of two Pikes Peak Arts Council awards for best classical solo performance.
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