Performing Arts Specialist
Soprano, COLETTE BOUDREAUX has been praised for her “richly beautiful instrument – supple, silvery in tone, technically secure, and dramatically convincing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina). With an impressive ability to connect to audiences in an extensive range of characters, Boudreaux’s performances have been called “sensitive” and “commanding” (David Shengold, Opera Magazine), “saucy; playfully vamping, yet serenely professional” (Knoxville Magazine) and “expressive… holding the audience completely engaged” (Biltmore Beacon).
As a noted ‘triple threat’, Ms. Boudreaux has enjoyed performing with a range of notable organizations. One of only 6 soloists chosen to participate in Prima Theatre’s masterclass showcase with Stephen Schwartz, Ms. Boudreaux is nothing if not versatile. At the historic and professional Shawnee Playhouse, she debuted as Laurey (Oklahoma!) returned as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and will be seen as Adelaide in their upcoming Guys and Dolls. She premiered new work at New York’s International Fringe Festival, and created and performed an original cabaret, titled Girls on the Edge with Broadway music director, Charity Wicks to audiences in both Manhattan and the Lehigh Valley. Always an advocate for new work, Ms. Boudreaux was delighted to perform the lead role of Kim in Center for Contemporary Opera’s production of Eric Salzman’s futuristic piece, Big Jim and the Small Time Investors. A favorite debut was with St. Petersburg Opera as Anybodys in West Side Story (performing “Somewhere” and as dance captain), where she returned to play Frasquita in Carmen the following season. An accomplished symphonic soloist, Ms. Boudreaux recently performed with the Missouri Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem) and Astoria Symphony Orchestra (Knoxville: Summer of 1915) and regularly appears as a soloist with the Harrisburg Choral Society. Other highlights include performances with New York's Verdi Square Festival (where she “won deserved ovations” according to Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times), Asheville Lyric Opera (Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Liesl in The Sound of Music), American Opera Projects and the role of L'Innocente in a concert performance of L'Arlesiana with the Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Boudreaux was also selected to perform under the direction of Tony and Emmy Award-winner George Faison at the Inaugural Gala of New York’s Faison Firehouse Theatre for guest-of-honor, poet Maya Angelou. With an active concert and recital schedule, Boudreaux’s concert appearances have included the Historic Tennessee Theatre, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Classicopia Chamber Music Series and the Artists Recital Series at New York's St. John the Divine Cathedral. Past appearances have been with Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, Grandview Opera (Musetta in La Bohème) and the American Musical Theater Ensemble.
Boudreaux has received recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Regional Finalist/Third Prize Winner), the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition for Art Song (Finalist 2013), The Career Bridges Foundation (Finalist 2014), the Manhattan School of Music (Kriendler Scholarship Award) and the Oberlin Conservatory (Dean’s Scholarship).
Her additional roles have included Cathy (The Last Five Years), Charity (Sweet Charity), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Madama Brillante in L'Italiana in Londra directed by New York City Opera's Albert Sherman.
As a sought-after performing arts educator, Ms. Boudreaux also choreographs and coaches extensively. She runs a successful private studio in Easton, PA and is the artistic director and one of the founders of the professional non-profit, American Monarch Theatre Company. She teaches multiples forms of dance and is proud to be casting director and artistic manager for the educational production company, Collegiate Empowerment.