Messiah Guest Soloists
The majesty of Handel’s Messiah is found in the artistry of the Choir, the Orchestra, and the soloists. The Choir and Orchestra were honored to be joined by these four world-class soloists in April 2018. That concert was restreamed in 2020 and again in 2021, continuing a tradition of Messiah performances by the Choir that stretches back to 1875. Get to know guest artists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson through their biographies below.
AMANDA WOODBURY, Soprano
Soprano Amanda Woodbury, making her debut appearance with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn- Stein Young Artist Program. She earned second-place and audience choice awards in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition and won the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2014 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, and second place and audience choice awards at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. Ms. Woodbury made her professional debut with the Los Angeles Opera in 2013 as Micaëla in Carmen, with subsequent appearances as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La Bohème, then her Cincinnati May Festival debut singing the “Mater Gloriosa” in Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 under James Conlon. Joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Woodbury performed the role of Tebaldo in Don Carlo and returned last season to perform Juliette in the new production of Roméo et Juliette. This season she has performed Micaëla in Carmen with the Los Angeles Opera, a role debut of Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera, and the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera with the Washington Concert Opera. Upcoming is the title role of Donizetti’s Pia de Tolomei at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Madison, and Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera. She has appeared in concert performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Carmina Burana with the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Fauré Requiem with the Alabama Symphony.
TAMARA MUMFORD, Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford appeared with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in the 2014 performance of Messiah and the 2015 Christmas concerts featuring selections from the work. This season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Zauberflöte, performs in concert with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and appears in two special projects with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Schumann’s Paradies un die Peri. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Mumford made her debut as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Met: Live in HD series broadcasts. An active concert performer and recitalist, Ms. Mumford appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in U.S. and European tours in performances of Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 and the world premiere of John Adam’s oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and has since appeared there with James Levine and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. She has been presented in recital by the Frick Collection in New York, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. She has recorded with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and on The Tabernacle Choir’s recording of Handel’s Messiah.
TYLER NELSON, Tenor
Tyler Nelson is one of America’s most promising young tenors. His recent engagements include debuts with Utah Opera in L’enfant et les sortileges, Opera Naples as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Opera Omaha as Trin in La fanciulla del West, Ireland’s Wide Open Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He made his international debut in Mazatlan, Mexico, performing the role of Shallow in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack, under the direction of the composer, and has won rave reviews for his comic roles with Chicago Opera Theater. The 2017-2018 season includes Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera on the James and Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Tampa. A frequent performer with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, he appeared in the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Festival and with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Mr. Nelson has appeared as a soloist on the stages of the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall. His concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore with Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer, Benjamin Britten’s Serenade with the Utah Valley Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Saginaw Bay Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the California and Reno Symphonies.
TYLER SIMPSON, Bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Tyler Simpson appeared with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as a guest soloist in the 2015 Christmas concerts and subsequent PBS Special performing selections from Handel’s Messiah. That same year marked his sixth consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked on 18 productions, having made his debut in Verdi’s Don Carlo in the 2010-2011 season. During his tenure, he has sung roles in Le Comte Ory, Tosca, The Enchanted Island, and Macbeth and covered roles in Don Carlo, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Anna Bolena, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Lulu, and Billy Budd. Most recently, Mr. Simpson made his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, returned to Atlanta Opera for La fille du Regiment opposite Stephanie Blythe, sang the role of Patsy McCall in Evan Mack’s Roscoe with the Albany Symphony, appeared with North Carolina Opera as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, and made his debut with the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Career highlights include Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Fort Worth Opera, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. Previous engagements include performances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Detroit Symphony, Castleton Music Festival for L’heure espagnol and Roméo et Juliette, and a return to Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer to sing Uberto in La serva padrona and Jesus in Bach’s Johannes-Passion.