Mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams has been lauded by Opera News for her “velvety mezzo” and for how she “phrase[s] with elegance and articulate[s] coloratura nimbly.”
In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Reams returns to Houston Grand Opera as Dodo in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, and was scheduled to return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Witness 2/Singer 2/Woman 2 in the American premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence, and. In concert, she performs in a special holiday program at Minnesota Opera, and returns to Washington National Cathedral to sing Handel’s Messiah.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Reams sang Maddalena in Rigoletto at Houston Grand Opera, as well as Jan Arnold in Joby Talbot’s Everest and Georgia Davenport in the world premiere of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride at Chicago Opera Theater. In addition, she performed the title role in the world premiere of Damien Sneed’s Marian’s Song at HGOco, and returned to Des Moines Metro Opera as the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd and Juno in Rameau’s Platée. On the concert stage, she performed Handel’s Messiah with the Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra.
Operatic highlights of recent seasons include her house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Flora in La traviata and performances at Houston Grand Opera as the Third Secretary in John Adams’ Nixon in China, the Alto Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life, and Cece in the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges. In addition, she performed at Opera Columbus as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, sang the title role in Carmen at Opera Louisiane, and made her house and role debut at Des Moines Metro Opera as Margret in Wozzeck. Ms. Reams also completed her studies in the Houston Grand Opera studio, where she sang Flora, Dritte Magd in Elektra, and Rosalia in West Side Story, among other roles.
On the concert stage, she has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Bernstein’s First Symphony, Jeremiah, with the Staatstheater Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with both the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the combined choirs of Auburn University and the New Choral Society of Scarsdale, New York.
Ms. Reams’ awards include second place at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition (2016), first place winner of the Emerging Artist division of the Classical Singer Competition (2015), and second place winner of the Gulf Coast Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016). She holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University, where she sang Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Katisha in The Mikado, and Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University.