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Kay Paschal


Kay Paschal Freeman has had an extraordinary career that has taken her throughout the United States and Europe.  She brought particular distinction to the elegant heroines of Mozart’s operas as Countess Almaviva, Pamina, Donna Elvira, and Donna Anna; revealed a natural flair for comedy in Donizetti and J. Strauss as Adina, Marie, Norina, and Rosalinda; and conveyed the depths of passion and despair in Puccini, Verdi, and Leoncavallo as Madama Butterfly, Mimì, Gilda, Violetta, and Nedda.  She graced the stages of Atlanta Opera, Baltimore Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Opera Colorado, Charlotte Opera, Mississippi Opera, Connecticut Opera, Mobile Opera, Tulsa Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Baton Rouge Opera, Sacramento Opera, Opera Festival of Oklahoma, Birmingham Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Knoxville Opera, Arkansas Opera Theater, Chattanooga Opera, and the National Grand Opera in New York.  Her critically acclaimed European debut was as Anna Maurrant in the Berlin premiere of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at Theater des Westens, followed by a return to Germany to perform Eva in Die Meistersinger at Volkstheater Rostock.

Highlights of Ms. Paschal’s success on the concert stage include performances with the Dallas Symphony, Denver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Florida Symphony, Sun City Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Binghamton Symphony, and Oklahoma City Symphony.  Ms. Paschal starred in the special Easter Saint Paul Sunday Morning National Public Radio broadcast of Poulenc’s Gloria with the Kansas City Philharmonic.  She performed Anna Maurrant in the Central City Opera production of Street Scene as well.  Successful in countless competitions and contests, Ms. Paschal was a winner of the prestigious National Institute of Music Theatre award, given by Beverly Sills and Hal Prince at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  For over ten years she served as the assistant to the artistic director, stage director, and principal voice teacher at Opera in the Ozarks, and recently staged Madama Butterfly as Springfield Regional Opera’s season opener.  She was acting coach for Rising Star Vocal Works, Indiana, and served on the voice faculty of Voci nel Montefeltro, Novafeltria, Italy, for five seasons.

Ms. Paschal received her BM in vocal performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MPA in opera performance from Oklahoma City University.  A past voice teacher at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Lee University, and the Clarence Brown Theater, she and her husband, opera director Carroll Freeman, reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a visiting lecturer of voice at Georgia State University.  She gives frequent masterclasses, including those for NATS, the Des Moines Metro Opera apprentice program, Opera in the Ozarks, and Voci nel Montefeltro, and is a sought-after judge for vocal competitions.  Ms. Paschal is the current director of the studio program with the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop.