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Frances Collins-Tamargo

Frances Collins-Tamargo


Soprano Frances Collins-Tamargo, a Miami, FL native, has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Seraphic Fire, Temple Opera Theater, and the Rice Choral. She has also performed with the Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Opera.

She began her performance career at a young age by appearing as the First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at the Florida Grand Opera and as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera. During her first year at Temple University, Frances sang the roles of Sophie in Werther, Lucy Lockett in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and Don Ettore in La Canterina. At Rice University's Shepherd School, Frances sang the role of Cis in Albert Herring, Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge, and la Suora Infermiera in Suor Angelica. Frances attended SongFest at the Coburn School where she sang in masterclasses given by Martin Katz and Margo Garrett. At the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Tuscany, Frances sang the role of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She appeared as Papagena in the Miami Music Festival's production of The Magic Flute (sung in English with English dialogue).

Recently, Frances placed 3rd in the NATS National Audition Finals in the Advanced College/Independent Studio Women's category. Previously she had placed 2nd in the Eastern Regional Audition Finals to advance to the National Auditions. Frances' past awards include a Merit Award from the Young-Arts voice category (2012), 1st Prize in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition in Winter Park, FL, and 3rd Place in the Sarasota Arts Vocal Competition (2010).