The Hummingbird Conservatory
Hummingbird Conservatory founder, Tara Wallace is a dramatic soprano, musician and performer comfortable in many different genres of song ranging from the classical stage to cabaret houses. Her credits include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the title role in Il segreto di Susanna, Frasquita in Carmen with the Nevada State Opera Company and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony; the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida and Casilda in The Gondoliers with the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company; Lily Craven in The Secret Garden with the Morgan-Wixson Playhouse; Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing with the Simsbury Light Opera Company; and Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with the Hartt Opera Theater; to name only a few. A frequent recitalist and cabaret performer, she has sung at the historic New York cabarets, Don’t Tell Mama and Upstairs at Rose’s Turn, and has shared the stage with Dick Van Dyke and Ed Begley, Jr. for the Golden Hearts Award Ceremony for the Los Angeles Midnight Mission.
She has performed for the Los Angeles Opera League’s Annual Musicale singing works from American Operetta, a genre she champions. She took second place in the Wrightwood Vocal Solo Competition singing Puccini’s “Quando m’en vo” and that same weekend performed with the Sunday Opera Company singing works from American opera and art song including Floyd’s “Ain’t It A Pretty Night” and Bolcom’s “But You Do Not Know This Man”. She was a featured performed with the Riverside Lyric Opera Festival in the Summer of 2011.
Her rendition of “Song to the Moon” from the opera Rusalka, was featured in this year’s award-winning indie-feature Dealer, produced by Feenix Filns and released this past April. She can also be heard backing up Zach Galifianakis in the “Three Best Friends Song” from the hit movie The Hangover.
Garnering dual Bachelors of Music from the Hartt School, where she attended on a vocal talent scholarship, Tara was a Vocal Honors Award winner, a National Choral Award Winner and a Port Jefferson Arts Council Award winner. She studies voice with Claudine Carlson and has coached with Rakefet Hak, Robin Buck, Barbara Dever, Rita Shane, Juliana Gondek and Kathryn Greene. She is the founder of the Hummingbird Puppet Opera Theater and The Hummingbird Puppet Opera Channel on Youtube.