A Montana native and current resident of Billings, Montana, soprano Carolyn Coefield has performed with several ensembles including Portland Opera Works!, Portland SummerFest, Helena Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Portland Opera Guild and The Illustrious Virginia City Players. Most Recently, Carolyn performed the roles “Papagena” and “2nd Lady” in the Portland Opera Works! 2006 production ofThe Magic Flute. During the summer of 2006 Carolyn sang the role of “Giannetta” in the Portland SummerFest Concert Production of L’Elisir D’amore. During the spring season of 2005, Ms. Coefield joined Portland Opera Works!, the apprentice and outreach program affiliated with Portland Opera. She performed the role of the “Mother” in Hansel and Gretel.
After her successful debut with the Helena Symphony Chorale, Ms. Coefield returned as a guest artist to make her symphonic debut with the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the inaugural performance of new Music Director Allan R. Scott. She returned to Helena in March 2005 to sing the role of “Johanna” in a semi-staged production of Sweeney Todd. In December 2004, she was featured as the soprano soloist in the Billings Messiah Festival.
Ms. Coefield has performed at the International Music Festival as a member of the Bach Academy Festival Ensemble in Stuttgart, Germany, and throughout Greece with renowned Bach scholar and conductor Helmut Rilling. In addition to an active recital career, Ms. Coefield has performed the roles of “Musetta” in Puccini’s La Bohéme, “Pamina” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and “The Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Theater credits include roles in Nunsense, As Is, Falsettos, Two by Two, Cabaret, The Music Man andGodspell. She spent two seasons working with The Illustrious Virginia City Players, a summer stock melodrama and olio company, where she performed roles such as “Becky” in Tom Sawyer, “the Cheshire Cat” in Alice in Wonderland, and “Virginia” in The Canterbury Ghost.
Ms. Coefield received her B.A. in music at Rocky Mountain College. She then earned her Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Portland State University where she studied with Ruth Dobson. She has received additional training in master classes with Shirlee Emmons, Marilyn Horne, Ellen Faull, Dorothy Danner, Christopher Mattaliano, Paul Sperry and Jerome Hines.
Carolyn’s upcoming performances include Vivaldi’s Gloria and Carmina Burana with the Helena Chamber Singers in December 2007 and May 2008 respectively. Carolyn can also be seen on the opera stage performing the role of “Giannetta” in L’Elisir D’amore with Rimrock Opera Company in March 2008.