California native Buffy Baggott has gained recognition throughout the United States as an accomplished and highly versatile lyric mezzo soprano. She studied vocal performance at UCLA and San Francisco State Universities, went on to complete two apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and is an alumnus of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Opera Center. Opera Center performances include: Angelina in La Cenerentola, Soloist in WTTW’s Opera Philes concert at Ravinia and Carmen at the Grant Park Music Festival for which she received rave reviews. Performances at the Lyric Opera Chicago include most notably: Carmen in the matinees of Carmen, The Schoolboy in Lulu, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Flora in La Traviata, both Second Lady and Third Lady in productions of Die Zauberflöte, Siegrune in Die Walküre and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah.
Hailed as “a phenomenon of vocal and dramatic intensity” by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006 for her performance in Chrysalis by Clark Suprynowicz and John O’Keefe, Ms. Baggott continues to make her mark in twentieth-century music. The mezzo created the role of Hennakh in the world premiere of Shulamit Ran’s opera Between Two Worlds (The Dybbuk) with the Lyric Opera Center, appeared in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, seen on PBS in April of 1997, and previewed the role of Triraksha in Santa Fe Opera’s workshop production of Ashoka’s Dream. She was a primary soloist for the San Francisco Stockhausen Festival, Concertante di Chicago (in Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles), Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Berlin touring production of Moses und Aron, was named “best actress in a musical” for her work as Mrs Lovett in Spokane Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, played Noye’s wife in Noyes Fludde and created the role of the moustachioed Baroness von Botzenheim in Harry Silverstein’s new production of The Good Soldier Schweik (both for Chicago Opera Theater)…
…She can be heard on the Santa Fe Opera recording of Emmeline and Cedille Records recordings of The Good Soldier Schweik, The Billy Collin’s Suite and In Eleanor’s Words: Music of Stacy Garrop.
Ms. Baggott teaches voice at University of the Pacific, maintains a private voice studio in the San Francisco/Bay Area and served on the Bay View Music Festival’s voice faculty from 2009-2012. She is a member of AGMA, Sing for America, The East Bay Opera League and The Viviamo Opera Quartet.