Josephine - H.M.S. Pinafore - Muddy River Opera Company - Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium - John Wood College, Quincy, Illinois

June 2021

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Evanston Symphony Orchestra - Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois 

April 25, 2021

Soprano Soloist - Te Deum (Dvořák) - Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - Quincy Junior High Morrison Theater, Quincy, Illinois 

April 17, 2021

Kassandra - Kassandra - Album Recording - Houston, Texas

December, 2020

Kassandra - Kassandra 

Musiqa, a new music organization in Houston, will host an online presentation of the opera, in collaboration with Opera in the Heights. Following the opera, Penelope Shumate, along with the composer Anthony Brandt, librettist Neena Beber, and Maestro Eiki Isomura who conducted the world premiere at Opera in the Heights, will be available online to answer questions.

Location: https://youtu.be/JGpnMzxbVwE 

June 25, 2020 (7:30pm CST)

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

April 19, 2020 (Postponed)

Soprano Soloist - Magnificat (Arnesen) - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

April 19, 2020 (Postponed)

Kassandra - Kassandra - Opera in the heights - Lambert Hall, Houston, Texas

February 23 and 29, 2020

Soprano Soloist - Magnificat (Vivaldi) and Messiah - Downers Grove Choral Society - First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove, Illinois

December 8, 2019

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

December 1, 2019

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Morton Community Chorus and Orchestra, Morton, Illinois

November 24, 2019

Soprano Soloist - Messiah (recording) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Abbey Road Studios, London, England

July 28 - August 2, 2019

"The Nightingales of the Shenandoah Valley" (Recital) - Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center, Waynesboro, Virginia

June 30, 2019

Laurie Moss - The Tender Land - Muddy River Opera Company - Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium - John Wood College, Quincy, Illinois

June 14 and 16, 2019

Soprano Soloist - The Creation (Haydn), Vesperae solennes de confessore (Mozart), and The Coming of Arthur (Drew) - Downers Grove Choral Society - First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove, Illinois

April 28, 2019

Soprano Soloist - "An American Family Christmas" - Peoria Area Civic Chorale - Five Points Washington Performance Arts Center, Washington, Illinois

December 14-16, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Residency Partners' Showcase - Opera on the James - Historic Theatre, Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia

December 11, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

November 25, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Burlington Lunchtime Chamber Music Concert Series - First United Methodist Church, Burlington, Iowa

September 19, 2018

Pamina - Die Zauberflöte - Muddy River Opera Company - Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium - John Wood College, Quincy, Illinois

June 15 and 16, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York

May 28, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Oratorio, Opera, and Musical Theatre Favorites Concert - Lyric Opera of Chicago Northfield Chapter - Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Illinois

May 5, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Southern Illinois University - Shryock Auditorium, Carbondale, Illinois

April 30, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Dona nobis pacem - Galesburg Community Chorus and Orchestra - Galesburg, Illinois

April 21, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Rutter) - McDonough Choral Society - Wesley United Methodist Church, Macomb, Illinois   

April 9, 2018

Soprano Soloist - Of Love and Peace - with Jeffrey Brown - Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa

March 28, 2018

 Soprano Soloist - Missa in tempore belli - Galesburg Community Chorus and Orchestra - Galesburg, Illinois

December 9, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center, Roanoke, Virginia

November 28, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

November 26, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Of Love and Peace - with Jeffrey Brown - Fourth Presbyterian Church Concert Series - Chicago, Illinois

October 20, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Heartland Festival Orchestra - Five Points Washington Performance Arts Center, Washington, Illinois 

September 9, 2017

Micaëla - Carmen - Muddy River Opera Company - Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium - John Wood College, Quincy, Illinois

June 9 and 10, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Benedicite (Vaughan Williams) - Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

May 17, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Rapides Symphony Orchestra - Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana

May 6, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Of Love and Peace - with Jeffrey Brown - Western Illinois University - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois  

March 26, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Faculty Chamber Music Series Concert - Western Illinois University - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois 

February 1, 2017

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York 

November 27, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Verdi) - Bradley University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra and the Bradley Community Chorus - Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria, Illinois

November 20, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Summer Music Institute Faculty Recitals - Western Illinois University - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois

June 17 and 23, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Heartland Festival Orchestra - Five Points Washington Performance Arts Center, Washington, Illinois 

June 4, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Brahms) - Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

May 11, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra  and Schola Cantorum of Waynesboro - Waynesboro, Virginia  

April 24 and 25, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Rutter) - The Virginia Consort - Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

March 6, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Mozart) - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York 

February 15, 2016

 Soprano Soloist - Stabat Mater (Mealor) - Distinguished Concerts New York (DCINY) - Carnegie Hall, New York, New York

February 15, 2016

Soprano Soloist - Candles and Carols - Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra - The Academy Warehouse Theatre, Lynchburg, Virginia   

December 12, 2015

Soprano Soloist - The Holiday Festival of Choirs - Western Illinois University School of Music - St. Paul Church, Macomb, Illinois 

December 5, 2015

Soprano Soloist - "Ah! Perfido" Op. 65 (Beethoven) - Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - Quincy Junior High Morrison Theater, Quincy, Illinois  

October 11, 2015

Soprano Soloist - Sacred Arias - First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Virginia

July 5, 2015

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Verdi) - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York  

May 24, 2015

Soprano Soloist - 48th President's Concert - Arias by Gounod and Puccini - Western Illinois University Symphony Orchestra - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois 

May 1, 2015

Soprano Soloist - 15th Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival - Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble - John Hersey High School Performance Hall, Arlington Heights, Illinois  

April 18, 2015

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Fauré) - McDonough Choral Society - Wesley United Methodist Church, Macomb, Illinois   

April 13, 2015

Soprano Soloist - Solo Recital with Jeffrey Brown - Western Illinois University - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois  

March 29, 2015

 Soprano Soloist - Faculty Chamber Music Series Concert III - Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Schubert), with Eric Ginsberg and Liang-yu Wang - Western Illinois University - School of Music Recital Hall, Macomb, Illinois 

February 4, 2015

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria, Illinois 

 

December 14, 2014

Rose - The World Is Round (Paccione) - Western Illinois Universty School of Music -Hainline Theater, Macomb, Illinois  

December 11 and 12, 2014

 Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York 

Soprano Soloist - Solo Recital with Tad Hardin- Liberty University School of Music - Towns Alumni Center Performance Hall, Lynchburg, Virginia 

November 4, 2014

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Acadiana Symphony Orchestra - Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette, Louisiana  

September 20, 2014

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Rapides Symphony Orchestra - Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana    

May 5, 2014

Soprano Soloist - Creeley Songs (Brandt) with Keilor Kastella - Louisiana State University - School of Music Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

April 29, 2014

 Soprano Soloist - "Ah! perfido" Op. 65 (Beethoven) - Louisiana Sinfonietta - Louisiana State University School of Music Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 16, 2014

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)- Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York

March 10, 2014

Soprano Soloist - The Music of Dinos Constantinides - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York 

November 24, 2013

Soprano Soloist - The Music of Dinos Constantinides - Four Greek Songs with Michael Gurt -  Louisiana State University - School of Music Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

November 20, 2013

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Canterbury Choral Society and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic - Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

October 4, 2013

Soprano Soloist - Sacred Recital - Hebron Baptist Church, Afton, Virginia  

July 14, 2013

Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) - Louisiana State University Symphony and Chorus - Union Theater, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

April 26, 2013

Soprano Soloist - Dichterliebe - with Michael Borowitz - Louisiana State University - School of Music Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

April 12, 2013

The Governess - The Turn of the Screw - Louisiana State University Opera - Claude L. Shaver Theatre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

March 21 and 23, 2013

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) - Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, New York 

November 25, 2012

 Adele - Die Fledermaus - Opera on the James - E.C. Glass Civic Auditorium, Lynchburg, Virginia

November 11, 2012

Soprano Soloist - Solo Recital with Michael Borowitz - Louisiana State University - School of Music Recital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

May 1, 2012

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Acadiana Symphony Orchestra - Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette, Louisiana  

March 17, 2012

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

 

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center)
"Penelope Shumate sang the soprano solos with appealing bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness." - The New York Times

 

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)

"Soprano Penelope Shumate projected her bright sound quite powerfully, and there was never a hint of being overwhelmed by the substantial forces of chorus and orchestra. Her “How beautiful are the feet” was delivered with devout feeling, but perhaps her most memorable moments were in “I know that my redeemer liveth,” in which her softer dynamic levels were absolutely haunting."

- New York Concert Review

 

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center) “Penelope Shumate, who I’ve reviewed previously in these pages, was radiant in her high-flying “Dulcissime,” a high D sounded nowhere near the top of her capability. Her “In trutina” had a lovely hushed eroticism . . .”

- New York Concert Review

 

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)

“. . . soprano Penelope Shumate and her sparkling coloratura perfection in “Rejoice greatly” and a very affecting “I know that my Redeemer liveth . . .”

- New York Concert Review

 

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson)

". . . her shimmer suited the recitatives about the angel and the shepherds in the fields. Her aria “Rejoice greatly” had the necessary energy and exaltation, providing one of the vocal highlights of the evening."

- The Roanoke Times

 

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Mozart) and Stabat Mater (Mealor) - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)
"The soprano soloist, the excellent Penelope Shumate (doing double duty in the Mozart Requiem) soared above the choir with her descant, which seemed the embodiment of light."
- New York Concert Review

 

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)

"bright, clear sound, excellent diction, real emotional involvement, and spot-on coloratura."

- New York Concert Review
 

Soprano Soloist - Requiem (Verdi) - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)
"Penelope Shumate created some lovely pianissimo floaty high notes, and these were her best quality, which is no small achievement."
- New York Concert Review

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center)
"Soprano Penelope Shumate was a real find for me, with a voice that has been described previously in New York Concert Review as “radiant,” and I can see why. The clear tones were true and expressive, one of the best “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” that I have ever heard live. Her “I know that my redeemer liveth” was lovely." - New York Concert Review

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center)
“Penelope Shumate looked stunning in her strapless red gown as she sauntered provocatively across the stage . . . suited for the high "Dulcissime," where her tones range out loud and clear." - New York Concert Review

Soprano Soloist - "The Music of Dinos Constantinides" - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall) “Soprano Penelope Shumate . . . performances filled with passion, charm, and coquettishness.” - New York Concert Review

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center)
"Penelope Shumate sang the soprano solos with appealing bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness." - The New York Times

Soprano Soloist - Messiah - Distinguished Concerts International New York (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center)
"Soprano Penelope Shumate was confident and assured..." - New York Concert Review

Galatea - Acis and Galatea - Duluth Festival Opera
"Shumate's voice....full and wonderful as Galatea." - Duluth News Tribune

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Distinguished Concerts International New York (Carnegie Hall)
"Soprano Penelope Shumate, in a sexy red gown which conjured up the word “lust,” possessed a beautiful, flexible, dramatic voice."

- New York Concert Review

Musetta - La Bohème - Baltimore Concert Opera
"...her tone was shimmering and clear." - Baltimore Examiner

Soprano Soloist - "Gifts from Grand Opera" - Annapolis Opera
"Gorgeous also describes Shumate's voice. There was never a sense of effort or strain in any of her selections; I was particularly impressed by her agility in the Donizetti aria, "Chacun le sait,"and the ease with which she tossed off its beautiful and truly comic, coloratura runs.…with each successive performance, she got better and better, finally capping off the afternoon's recital with a truly magnificent rendition of "Trees on the Mountain" from Floyd's Susannah." - The Capital

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Berkshire Choral Festival
"...the Soprano, Penelope Shumate, was magnificent with her brilliant lyric voice caressing her music and soaring effortlessly to the high D in the arioso, Dulcissime." - The Daily Mail/Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

Violetta - La Traviata - Duluth Festival Opera
"..portrayed by the lovely, and svelte (how many leading sopranos would appear on stage in a swimming suit?), Penelope Shumate. She is an affecting coloratura and convincing actress who breathes life -- and death -- into Violetta in convincing fashion."
- Duluth Superior Magazine

Violetta - La Traviata - Duluth Festival Opera
"Penelope Shumate has a crystal clear soprano, and can sing standing up, sitting down or laying on tables and floors. An exquisite Violetta. Throughout the story, her passion and her sense of insecurity were communicated by vocal subtlety of the highest degree. She is youthful and very beautiful..."
- Duluth News Tribune

Lisa - La Sonnambula - Baltimore Opera Company
"Shumate, as the innkeeper Lisa, sang with welcome fire..." - The Baltimore Sun

Lisa - La Sonnambula - Baltimore Opera Company
"Shumate (Lisa) has a voice with power..." - ionarts

Galatea - Acis and Galatea - Opera Roanoke
"Shumate has a pleasing, clear soprano well suited to the role of Galatea." - The Roanoke Times

Violetta - La Traviata - Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
"Shumate sang her way through the very demanding lead role of Violetta with ease. Always in control of her powerful and supple voice, this very attractive young soprano gave a vocal performance not often heard this far north of New York City." - The Chronicle

Violetta - La Traviata - Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
"As Violetta, Shumate was a delight. Her pure voice soared with strength on top. Her acting, however, is what held the large crowd's attention. She flirted and suffered. She laughed and was determined. Her "Sempre libera" aria in the first act was superb with the right amount of frustration and abandon." - The Post-Star

Violetta - La Traviata - Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
"Shumate shines. Shumate was the star of the afternoon, coming up with a beautiful vocal and dramatic performance from start to finish. Her voice has a lovely quality and she has the technique to flutter through Violetta's demanding coloratura lines with confidence." - The Daily Gazette

Violetta - La Traviata - Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
"Penny was a delight this past weekend. I couldn't have asked for a more professional, courteous, gracious or well voiced Violetta."

- Maestro Charles Peltz-Principal Conductor

Soprano Soloist - Carmina Burana - Carnegie Hall
"(Shumate's)performance was stunning and everyone should know about it. I find her ability to achieve a variety of vocal colors, that which is most appropriate for her specific aria, to be remarkable." - Maestro Jonathan Griffith-Principal Conductor of MidAmerica Productions

Papagena - Die Zauberflöte - Baltimore Opera Company
"Papagena was sung brightly by soprano Penny Shumate." - The Washington Post

Musetta - La Boheme - Center City Opera Theater
"Shumate's sexy and feisty Musetta a particular delight." - Au Courant News Magazine