Paula Dione Ingram – Soprano
Paula Dione Ingram, a vocal palette of the tints and shadows of a Rembrandt, is one of the finest lyric/spinto-singing actresses of our time. Noted for her considerable versatility, she is a winning performer whether on stage in her trained field of opera/musical theatre/cabaret; in front of the cameras for film/television; or as a successful voice teacher and performance coach sharing her technique in “master classes” throughout the United States and abroad. Miss Ingram has sung extensively in Europe, particularly in Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium and England. While in London, England, she made her “West End” debut in the title role of CARMEN JONES to rave reviews.
“Paula Ingram gives the sexiest, best sung performance on the West End stage.
Not to be missed at any price.”
The London Daily Express (CARMEN JONES)
“At the matinee, I caught Paula Ingram, a stunning young American
with a fine voice and fiery temperament.”
New York Magazine (CARMEN JONES)
Her television credits are highlighted by a featured performance of excerpts from PORGY & BESS for the 50th anniversary celebration of George Gershwin, which aired in England and on European television, in the role of Bess. Her professional experience includes performances with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera where she covered the role of “Bess” and performed the role of “Annie” in Gershwin’s, PORGY & BESS. She subsequently joined the Glyndebourne cast in London, England to record the opera on the EMI/Classical label with the London Philharmonic led by the world-renowned conductor, Sir Simon Rattle. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Classical Album of the Year”.
Under the direction of award winning stage/film director, Trevor Nunn, the opera was made into a television movie which aired on A&E/PBS both nationally and internationally; Ms. Ingram performed the role of “Clara.” Her “Summertime” scene from the movie, in which she acts to the pre-recorded singing from the aforementioned recording, was note-worthy.
“Paula Ingram’s doomed Clara manages to be touching.”
The New York Times (PORGY & BESS/PBS)
Miss Ingram made her debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as “Bess” in their “Symphony On The Prairie” concert version of PORGY & BESS. Subsequent there to, she was featured soloist for ISO’s sold out “New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala.” Just prior to her debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Ingram performed concerts with La Fenice Opera in Venice, Italy in one of the final performances of the late conductor Henry Lewis. Additionally, her debut performances of note are with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
More recent orchestral appearances in the United States have included her debut at The Palladium - Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, for the inaugural “Unity of Faith” Concert as the featured soloist for the United States debut of “Gloria” from the Mass MISA TANGO under the baton of Maestro Tércio Junker. That evening she also delighted the audience with two solos; “The Lord’s Prayer” and the spiritual, “Ride on King Jesus."
Paula Dione Ingram is a native of St. Louis, Missouri; her credits in her native city include “Artist in Residence” with the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and performances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for their InUnison concert series. On November 19, 2016 Miss Ingram was honored to be awarded the "Excellence in Performing Arts" award in her hometown, at the Better Family Life, Inc. 30th Annual Unity Ball held at the Americas Center in downtown St. Louis.
Paula earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music in Voice/Opera Performance and her Master of Music degree from the famed Indiana University Jacob School of Music in Voice/Opera Performance, where she studied voice with distinguished professor of voice, Madame Virginia Zeani. She continues to coach with Madame Zeani in her home in Florida, in addition to a famed list of vocal coaches in NYC.
Miss Ingram currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Attorney Gregory H. Coleman, and their beautiful daughters and handsome son; Christian, Candyce, Carah, Calyn and Greg. As a faith based servant leader; wife and mother, Paula Dione Ingram feels blessed to continue her rewarding career as a performing artist, voice teacher and performance coach throughout the United States and abroad.
“Dark Legacy is the perfect embodiment of the sentiment that music transcends cultures
and bridges gaps, with Ingram as its beacon. Miss Ingram is a natural and infectious performer,
inviting and charming, with a full bright operatic style.”
BroadwayWorld.com ("Dark Legacy: Bright Lights of Black Broadway")
Official Website: www.pauladioneingram.com