Soprano, Nancy Curtis, is a native of Arkansas and has studied music in the United States and abroad. She graduated with honors from Baylor University with a degree in voice and has since received scholarships to study both language and voice in Italy and Germany. Hailed as a "stand-out" and "overall the best singer" in recent reviews, Ms. Curtis has performed such roles as Gilda in Rigoletto with the Tacoma Opera; Pamina in The Magic Flute and Annina in La Traviata with the San Antonio Symphony under the direction of Maestro Christopher Wilkins; First Lady and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Gretel in Hansel and
Gretel, and the High Priestess in Aida with the Tulsa Opera; Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with the Virginia Opera; Musetta in La Boheme with OrchestraX in Houston; Laurie Moss in The Tender Land and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with the Monteux Opera Festival; Abigail
Williams in The Crucible with the American Festival for the Arts under the direction of the composer, Robert Ward; and Miffie in the premiere of The Achilles Heel and First Nursemaid in Street Scene with Houston Grand Opera. Other opera credits include Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Olympia in Tales of Hoffman, and Genevieve in Suor Angelica.
Ms. Curtis' versatility allows her to sing symphonic works as well. She was recently featured as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and Mahler's Symphony #4 with the Maryland Symphony under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze. The review stated that her voice was "technically faultless and expressive" and "effortlessly carries over an orchestra." Ms. Curtis has also been presented as the soprano soloist in such works as Orff's Carmina Burana with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Ballet, the Brahms' Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams.
Having been named one of the prizewinners in the Altamura/Enrico Caruso International Voice Competition, Ms. Curtis was invited to Italy where she captivated audiences in concerts with orchestra. Her other competition honors include the Judges prize in the Young Texas Artist Vocal Competition, Winner and Audience Favorite in the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Prize in Voice, and Second Place in the Birmingham Opera Theatre Vocal Competition. One of the highlights of her career has been the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Houston Rockets and Houston Comets basketball games including three world championships and many nationally televised games. Ms. Curtis was also recently asked to sing the National Anthem for the Texas Republican Convention held in Houston.
Upcoming engagements for Ms. Curtis include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Skylight Opera Theatre, Adina in L'Elisir D'Amore with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the Messiah with the Arkansas Symphony, Gilda in Rigoletto with the Tulsa Opera, and a TBA solo engagement with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Ms.Curtis is in the process of completing a solo CD that features an assortment of sacred arias and spirituals accompanied by members of the prestigious Houston Symphony Orchestra. Nancy and Ryan, her husband, live in Houston with their dogs, Sadie and Jake.