Pamela Butler
Lyric Mezzo Soprano

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Praised in the Washington Post for her "special sparkle," Pamela Butler has performed over 30 roles with companies including Bel Cantanti Opera, Binghamton Savoyards, Chesapeake Chorale, Crittenden Opera, Loudoun Chorale, Loudoun Lyric Opera, Loudoun Symphony, Mount Vernon Players, Opera International, Oswego Opera Theatre, Piedmont Singers, Riverbend Opera, Syracuse Opera, Washington Savoyards and Victorian Lyric Opera. Her rich mezzo voice with its agile upper extension has enabled her to excel in the works of composers such as Mozart, Rossini, Haydn, Handel, Mendelssohn and Purcell,among others.

Pamela's keen interest in British history as well as musical comedy brought her to a second career in singing via the works of her heroes, Gilbert & Sullivan. She now specializes in the genre, having sung at least one role from ten of the 13 operas in their canon. She hopes to perform them all someday soon!

Travel to Eastern Europe further sparked her interest in Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky and she began to study the music and the language. She gave her first Russian-language performance in 2005 as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin to critical acclaim.

In addition to performing, Ms. Butler has also brought years of business and non-profit management experience to the arts in Northern Virginia as a founder, board member and advisor to several regional organizations, including Loudoun Lyric Opera, (Founding President 2007 - ), Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant Panelist (2013 - 2015),the Leesburg (VA) Commission on Public Art (Chair & Vice Chair 2007 - 2013), the Friends of Leesburg Public Art (founding Board Member 2012 - 2015), Leesburg Arts & Cultural District Task Force (2010 - 2012),and Bel Cantanti Opera (Founding Vice President/Treasurer 2003 - 2007).

She currently serves as Music Minister for Christ Episcopal Church in Lucketts, VA.

Ms Butler is an accomplished guitarist as well as a singer. She especially enjoys lecturing and performing for senior citizens' organizations!
 
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