Soprano Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh is an accomplished young artist with a performance history reflecting her versatility in opera, oratorio, operetta, musical theatre and recital repertoire.
Ms. Buccleugh returned to St. Petersburg Opera in November to perform Olympia in the company’s production of Pinocchio. This month, she celebrates the holidays with performances of Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine,” Bach/Gounod’s “Ave Maria” and “Cantique de Noël” in various venues across the Birmingham area.
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Soprano Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh, described as “purely lovely” and “delightfully touching” by The Tuscaloosa News and praised for her “light, pure tone” and “totally natural” comedic acting by artsBHAM.com, is an accomplished young artist with a performance history reflecting her versatility in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and recital repertoire.
In May, Ms. Buccleugh made her debut with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, in conjunction with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in her first production of Candide. She spent the remainder of her summer traveling and performing in Switzerland and Italy.
In 2017, Ms. Buccleugh made her Mobile Opera debut, returning to the role of Despina. She spent summer 2017 in residence with Utah Festival Opera. There, she performed Lady Jane Seymour in Richard Rodgers' Rex, which was specially revised by lyricist Sheldon Harnick for the company’s production, and Isabel (Mabel cover) in The Pirates of Penzance. Additionally, she won the 9th annual Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition on July 25.
Earlier in the season, she made two company debuts: Ines in Il trovatore with St. Petersburg Opera, and Giannetta (Adina cover) in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham. She also performed a recital in her hometown, Auburn, Alabama, with pianist Laurie Middaugh. Included on the program were song sets by Gabriel Fauré, Joaquin Rodrigo and Richard Strauss.
In 2015, Ms. Buccleugh performed Rose Lennox (Lily cover) in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s The Secret Garden and was a featured soloist in pop-up concerts with Opera Birmingham. She also performed scenes as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Lakmé with Opera Breve at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in New York City. In 2014-2015, she made a role and company debut as Frasquita in New Rochelle Opera’s Carmen, and she performed Giannetta and covered Adina in Atlanta-based Peach State Opera’s The Elixir of Love. Ms. Buccleugh additionally covered Margot in Romberg’s operetta The Desert Song with Birmingham Music Club.
Other career highlights include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Breve; Fantine cover and featured ensemble member in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Les Misérables; and a residency with the Natchez Festival of Music, where she was Lilli Vanessi/Kate cover in Kiss Me, Kate and a featured soprano in concert performances, such as an all-Irving Berlin program.
Ms. Buccleugh is also an impassioned oratorio soloist and recitalist. Last season, she was soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Canterbury Church Choir, featuring members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Through solo recitals and performances in various venues across the Southeast, she has been able to explore music by some of today’s top American composers, including Libby Larsen, Juliana Hall and John Musto.
"Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh played the role of Giannetta, Adina’s friend who, in this production, happily runs off with the quack. In her aria “Saria possibile?” she produced a light, pure tone, and her character’s many silent comedic moments were vividly acted and totally natural."
— L'Elisir d'amore, Opera Birmingham, March 2017
Edward Forstman, artsBHAM.com
"Other supporting singers acquitted themselves handily, including Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh, as Ines, giving delicately phrased warnings about the mysterious troubadour (who turns out to be Manrico) to her friend Leonora."
— Il trovatore, St. Petersburg Opera, October 2016
Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
The Ensemble is vocally superb — particular standouts are Taylor Lamm and Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh, who also portray Mary’s dead parents, Captain Albert and Rose Lennox."
— The Secret Garden, Red Mountain Theatre Company, April 2016
Jane Seigel, artsBHAM.com