As a Young Artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh this past summer, Ms. Procter premiered the role of Bette Stritch in their commissioned opera production, A New Kind of Fallout by Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan. At the end of September, she had the opportunity to bring to life NASA astronauts’ encounters with exploration in the world premiere of Houston Grand Opera’s O Columbia, a chamber opera by Gregory Spears and Royce Vavrek, commissioned as part of HGOco’s Songs of Houston Initiative. Other full opera roles performed include her Canadian debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, Harry in Albert Herring, Olga Olsen in Street Scene, and Epicene in Volpone. In concert she has been the mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589, Handel’s Messiah with the Rice University Chorale, and in the world premiere of Luther Mass by Stephen Paulus at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through Bach Society of Houston she has been a mezzo-soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, St. Matthew’s Passion, and Gott ist mein König, BWV 71. Through summer engagements, she has been a Young Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh; a Concert Artist with the Oberlin in Italy Program in Arezzo, Italy; a Young Artist in the CoOPERAtive Program in Princeton, NJ; and the vocalist for the Interlochen Performing Ensemble at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI.
Ms. Procter is an advocate for innovative musical and artistic outreach beyond the opera stage and concert hall – connecting to her immediate community. In her graduate studies at Rice University, she was a 2013-2014 recipient of The Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach at Rice University with her original interactive presentations, “Mornings at the Opera,” performed at the Texas Children’s Hospital. As a result of this collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital, she became the second Resident Fellow with Purple Songs Can Fly!, a non-profit started by Anita Kruze that encourages pediatric cancer patients and their families to record and share their own songs. While pursuing her master’s degree, Ms. Procter co-coordinated and performed for the JUMP! Music Outreach program at the Shepherd School, encouraging the next generation of musicians and audience members in Houston area schools to experience music first-hand. She has twice been the featured artist with the national organization Music for Autism at a concerts in Houston.
This upcoming year, Ms. Procter looks forward to continuing to serve the greater-Houston arts community as the mezzo-soprano in The Velveteen Rabbit for Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!, as the Resident Fellow for Purple Songs Can Fly!, and as a returning member of the Bach Society of Houston.