Pamela Dillard
New England Third Place Winner 1992

Pamela Dillard is a Professor of Voice at Spelman College in Atlanta, and an early childhood music specialist who serves as the Center Director and a teacher at Creative Discovery Atlanta. The mezzo also maintains a private voice studio and performs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and in concerts and recitals mainly in the greater Atlanta area. Recent appearances include a June 2015 recital at the First Christian Church of Decatur (GA), “Messiah” at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, and  the Mozart “Requiem” with the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society.


A native of Atlanta, Pamela earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University, where she received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship providing her a year of travel and study in Europe. She received her Masters in Music at Boston University, and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Graduate Fellowship. Pamela was also a Glimmerglass Young Artist in 1991 and a 1993 member of the Merola Opera Program of San Fransisco Opera Center, where she received a Richard Strauss Opera Study Award. Other swards include a Richard Gaddes Fund Award for Young Singers from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.


In 1992 Pamela made her professional operatic debut as Irina in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Boston Lyric Opera, later returning to the company as as Ursula in Béatrice and Bénédict and Meg Page in Falstaff. In St. Louis the mezzo appeared first as A Woman in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom and later  in the title role of La belle Hélène and as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She made her San Francisco Opera as Victoire in the 1994 world premiere of Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and returned to sing roles including Mercédès in Carmen, Rosette in Manon, and Grimgerde in Die Walküre.


Pamela’s many other roles have included Siebel in Faust (Opera Columbus), Maddalena in Rigoletto(Opera Carolina), Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Western Opera Theatre), Tituba in The Crucible (Tulsa Opera), and Lily in Porgy and Bess and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Atlanta Opera. She also performed the title role of Carmen with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her many other appearances with orchestras across the United States have included a tribute concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra for the centenary of the birth of Marian Anderson. Pamela was also the featured soloist for the Grammy nominated soundtrack to Stephen Spielberg’s Amistad, with music by conductor John Williams.



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