Soprano Kendra Colton “carried herself like a goddess and sang radiantly and vividly” according to the NY Times and the Boston Globe described her as an “imaginative musician”. Ms. Colton is a versatile singer who enjoys a career of great variety. She has sung with major orchestras across the country from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has performed repertoire from Monteverdi and Lully to new works specifically written for her. Her career has been largely centered in the United States but she has also performed in many venues throughout Europe.
A significant portion of the repertoire Ms. Colton performs is the sacred music of J.S. Bach. She has sung all of Bach’s major works and nearly all of the soprano arias and duets from his cantatas. She is currently pursuing a project to record the soprano arias and duets from the 200 sacred cantatas. In addition to her considerable Bach repertoire, she has also enjoyed performing numerous Handel works including Admeto, Alexander’s Feast, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabaeus, The Messiah, Orlando, Saul, Solomon, and Susanna. Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten are also favorite works as well as Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem.
Operatic engagements have included fully staged, semi-staged and concert performances of operas including Mozart’s Il Re Pastore (Aminta), Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino), Magic Flute (Pamina), Handel’s Ariodante (Dalinda), Tolomeo (Seleuce), The Triumph of Time and Truth (Pleasure), Acis and Galatea (Galatea), Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco (Lady with the Hand Mirror), and Lully’s Thésée. She also performed and recorded the title role in Lukas Foss’ Griffelkin with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Ms. Colton is a proponent of new music and has presented numerous premieres. World premiere performances of works that she commissioned include Finite Infinity for soprano, oboe, and piano by Peter Child; Uncertainty is Beautiful for soprano and chamber orchestra and The Reckless Heart for soprano and piano both by Andy Vores. She also recorded and presented the east coast premiere of John Harbison’s Crossroads for soprano, oboe, and strings.
Among her other recordings are soprano soloist in Mass for a Sacred Place by Stephen Paulus that was recorded by the Cathedral Choral Society in the National Cathedral and three solo CD’s of art songs. He Brought Me Roses – 25 songs by Joseph Marx; Le Charme – a collection of French art songs by Fauré, Debussy, Chausson, and Poulenc; The Reckless Heart – a collection of songs by Barber, Britten, Gurney, and Vores which is available on the Oberlin Music label; available on iTunes and Amazon are Bach cantatas BWV 202, 32, and 84 and Bach soprano arias and duets from cantatas BWV 9, 21, 57, 68, 72, 80, 92, 94, 97, 98, 99, 105, 120, 127, 140, 144, 179, 187, 248/3. Soon to be released are songs by John Harbison and more Bach arias and duets for soprano and alto.
In addition to her performing career Ms. Colton teaches at Oberlin College Conservatory. She also has a personal goal of visiting all of the National Parks in the United States.