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 2019-20 season, Ms. Reams sings Maddalena in Rigoletto at both Houston Grand Opera and Opera San Antonio. She also sings Jan Arnold in Talbot’s Everest and Georgia Davenport in the world premiere of Shore’s Freedom Ride with Chicago Opera Theater. In addition, she performs the title role in the world premiere of Damien Sneed’s Marian’s Song with HGOco, and returns to Des Moines Metro Opera to sing the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd and Juno in Rameau’s Platée. On the concert stage, she performs Messiah with Washington National Cathedral.
In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Reams made her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago singing Flora in La Traviata. She also sang Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at Opera Columbus. She sang the title role in Opera Louisiane’s production of Carmen, and made her company and role debut as Margret in Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Wozzeck. On the symphonic front, Ms. Reams performed Bernstein’s First Symphony, Jeremiah, with the Staatstheater Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performed in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, and sang Messiah with the combined choirs of Auburn University and the New Choral Society of Scarsdale, New York.
In recent seasons, Ms. Reams has appeared at Houston Grand Opera as the Third Secretary in John Adams’s Nixon in China and the Alto Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life, as well as in the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges. She completed her studies with the Houston Grand Opera studio, where she sang Flora in La traviata, Dritte Magd in Elektra, and Rosalia in West Side Story, among many others. Ms. Reams has also sung Maddalena in Rigoletto and Clarice in La pietra del paragone with Wolf Trap Opera, Tituba in Ward’s The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival, and the Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Louisiane. On the concert stage, she has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
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.