Tamara  Gallo

Tamara Gallo

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

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«"A spinto voice with convincing ability to soar over the orchestra."»
opera News (2016)
«"...Tamara brought a vivid stage presence. Her lovely commanding soprano was an intimate counterpoint to the voice of the leading lady; her acting was precise and as warm as her voice."»
Mark Childress (2016)
«“Tamara Gallo, complete with generous décolleté, dedicates herself fully to the title role and gives the audience a flirting, fearful, full of longing, ladylike but with a hint of sex kitten Helena who also has the power to come at her husband like a Fury. Her warm, velvety voice adapts itself to all of these facets”»
Der Neue Merker (2016)
2018Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2017Verdi: RigolettoGiovanna
2017Wagner: Die WalküreSieglinde
2017Wagner: Die WalküreFricka
2017Wagner: LohengrinOrtrud
2017Wagner R.: ParsifalKundry
2017Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2017Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoVitellia
2017Ponchielli: La GiocondaGioconda
2017Auber: Manon LescautManon Lescaut
2017Strauss R.: SalomeHerodias
2017Verdi: MacbethLady Macbeth
2017Verdi: Don CarloLa princesse Eboli
2017Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus
2017Wagner: Die WalküreWaltraute
2016Hindemith: CardillacDie Tochter
2016Shostakovich: The NosePelagia Grigorievna Podtochina
2009Hindemith: CardillacDie Tochter
2009Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierJungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin
2009Mozart: Die Zauberflöte1. Dame
2009Offenbach: La Belle HélèneHélène
2002Copland: The Tender LandMa Moss
2002Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2002Lehár: Die Lustige WitweHanna Glawari
2001Britten: Albert HerringLady Billows
2001Menotti: Amahl and the Night VisitorsAmahl's Mother
2001Purcell: Dido and AeneasDido
2000Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2000Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGertrud
2000Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreGiannetta
1999Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
1998Britten: The Beggar's OperaLucy Lockit
1998Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
1998Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde


Praised for her "vocal sovereignty" and "finely nuanced acting,"
Tamara Gallo has established herself as a dynamic singing actress. She is currently moving into the more dramatic repertoire, including roles such as Kundry in Parsifal, La Gioconda, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, and Ortrud in Lohengrin. In 2017 she recorded a Wagner album in the roles of Ortrud, Kundry and Seiglinde with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Gallo most recently sang Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the San Francisco War Memorial Herbst Theater.  

In the Fall 2015 Ms. Gallo sang in Vienna and Budapest and was praised for her 'velvety' voice in Neue Oper Wien’s production of The Nose by Shostakovich at the Wiener Kammeroper and MUPA Budapest. In Spring 2016 she reprised her role as "Podtotschina" in the same production at the Teatro Sociale in Trento. With the Estonian National Opera Ms. Gallo sang "with a warm and expressive soprano" in the premiere of Cardillac as the Tochter.

She is also excited to have sung in the world premiere of Georgia Bottoms by composor Gregory Vajda and writer Mark Childress with the Hunstville Symphony Orchestra in February 2015. Mr. Childress's own review stated: "...Tamara brought a vivid stage presence. Her lovely commanding soprano was an intimate counterpoint to the voice of the leading lady; her acting was precise and as warm as her voice."

As an ensemble member of the Staatstheater Mainz, she was lauded for her star turn as Hélène in Offenbach's La belle Hélène,
"shining with a mixture of capricious half-goddess and frustrated housewife."While in Mainz, she also appeared as the Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and as Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier, a role she reprised in Olivier Tambosi's production at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Ms.Gallo was also invited to guest at the Staatstheater Braunschweig as Die Tochter in
Hindemith's Cardillac.

A champion of modern music, Ms. Gallo sang the world premiere of Erik Højsgard's Don Juan kommt aus dem Krieg at the Theater an der Wien, where she was hailed for her "ability to soar over the orchestra." She also performed in the European premiere of Anthony Davis'opera Tania and in the world premiere of Dieter Kaufmann's Requiem für Picoletto at the Neue Oper Wien.

Other roles include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mimì in La Bohème, Hanna in Die Lustige Witwe, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Lucy in The Threepenny Opera.

A regular on the concert stage, Ms. Gallo has appeared in concert with the Salzburg Mozart Ensemble, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Knoxville Symphony, the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist in Handel's Messiah at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

A native of California, Ms. Gallo received her degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee (M.M.), and was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Knoxville Opera Company. She studied acting at the Academy Drama School in London and the Actor's Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and completed her acting training at the Emmy Award-winning South
Coast Repertory Theatre in Southern California. She is also proud to have studied with the famous Groundlings Theater, UCB and Lesly Kahn in Los Angeles.

Ms. Gallo's passion for the performing has earned her film & TV credits, andmany theater credits such as productions of Our Town, The Vagina Monologues, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Ordinary People. She has also enjoyed touring Europe in musical theater and has performed in productions of Evita, The Pirates of Penzance, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the , and H.M.S. Pinafore.


(performed and studied* roles)

Britten          Albert Herring        Lady Billows
Davis              Tania (Europ. UA)        Mom/Betty Ford
Hindemith       Cardillac                  Tochter
Højsgaard        Don Juan Kommt aus dem Krieg (UA)      Mutter/Oberin
Humperdinck   Hänsel und Gretel        Gertrude
Kaufman         Requiem für Piccoletto  Solistin
Lehár            Die Lustige Witwe        Hanna Glawari
Mascagni        Cavalleria Rusticana     Santuzza
Menotti          Amahl and the Night Visitors       Mother
Mozart           Die Zauberflöte          Erste/Zweite Dame
                    Don Giovanni             DonnaElvira
                    La Clemenza di Tito       Vitellia*
Offenbach       Die Schöne Helena        Helena
Ponchielli       La Gioconda              Laura/Gioconda*
Puccini          Manon Lescaut           Manon*
Purcell           Dido and Aeneas         Dido
Rodriguez       Frida (WP)                 Mrs. Ford
Strauss, R.        Ariadne auf Naxos       Ariadne
                    Salome                   Herodias*
Verdi             Aida                       Amneris*
                   Don Carlo                Eboli*
                   MacBeth                 Lady MacBeth*
Wagner         Lohengrin                 Ortrud*
                  Das Rheingold            Fricka* 
                  Tannhäuser                Venus*
                  Parsifal                     Kundry*
                  Die Walküre                Seiglinde*, Fricka*
Weill           Dreigroschenoper         Lucy

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner R.: Tristan und Isolde Brangäne 24 hours Claude Heater Foundation 2018
Verdi: Rigoletto Giovanna No 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Sieglinde No 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Fricka No 2017
Wagner: Lohengrin Ortrud No 2017