Tamara was born on a Thursday as the only descendent to her parents and grandparents. She studied in Bavaria and England to become a rather decent light lyrical coloratura soprano, preferring comedy operatic roles and songs. Tamara is equally at home at your best friend's sister's wedding as at your auntie's funeral or your birthday bash. Follow contact to book her.  Currently she can be seen in cabaret in the South East and the odd serious recital. As well as singing she has studied a bit of acting and dancing, done a spot of TV presenting as well as play writing and directing.  If time permits she works as a art model for painters and photographers. 
She also won several first prizes with distinction and trophies in minor competition around London, where her voice has been described as “promising” and “exciting”
Tamara performed at venues as varied as a circus tent (Walthamstow), Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank), Quaker Meeting House (Bury St Edmunds), a private drawing room (Cheltenham), The Rookery (Streatham Common), Hylands House Manor (Chelmsford) and of course countless churches, pubs and clubs from Berkshire to deepest Kent, from Essex to Sussex. 

 

Tamara lives in a gaily painted shoebox on the Kent-London border with her old fat tabby cat Oishi, also known as Sir.  When she is not tiling the bathroom and failing to fix the electric, she becomes Donna Quixotte and fights brambles and bind-weed in a teenage jungle commonly referred to as ‘the garden’.  
As she sadly has no children of her own, she tries to support other children by fundraising for various charities. Although totally unathletic she has done a few charity runs, including the London Marathon in an unexciting time in 2011 and warmed up the track at the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford in her first ever relay race in April 2012. Other sports she is lousy at but still enjoys doing are static trapez, fencing, archery, swimming, cycling and horse riding.
Tamara is also a rather decent cook, adequate dress maker and a theatre lover.  She is severely dyslexic and keeps torturing unsuspecting teachers by her ingrained wish to communicate with the world in the world’s mother tongues.  So far she has tried to study ten languages in three different scripts, but only admits to four (English, German, Swedish and French). 
Tamara loved the London Olympic Games and Para Olympic Games. She enjoys watching polo and is willing to hike for hours and stand in the pouring rain to see a good match. She absolutely hates football, but still knows the off-side rule and loathes South Eastern Rail, but is forced to use their unpunctual trains far too frequently.  One day she would love to have a small holding with Red Devon or spotted Jersey cows, a Friesian or Haflinger horse, Nubian goats, a Golden Pheasant couple and a few Brahma Bantam or Polish hens.

 

Tamara can be contacted and booked via www.OperaLapDiva.com/contact

Training

Opera:

Hochschule für Musik, Munich (classical singing, student with Gabriele Kaiser)
Rose Bruford College (Opera Studies)

Acting:

RADA at The Old Vic (Skill Development Through Shakespeare)
Globe Education in association with Morley College (Acting Shakespeare)
City Lit (Acting For Radio, Accents for Actors)

Dance:

Birkbeck College (Foundation Course: Contemporary Dance)


Further Studies

Voice, Stage Craft:

Ellen Newman, Eileen Benskin, Sue Meadows

Singing:

Sandra Porter, Angela Hickey, Arlene Randazzo

Coaching (opera):

Fran Hills, Mark Packwood, Annette Saunders, David Harper, Lyndall Dawson, Siobhain O’Higgins, Jonathan Gale, Phil Richardson

Coaching (Languages):

Rosalba LoDuca and Emma Abate (Italian), Andre Jarema (French), Johanna Nordström and Carola Siffren (Swedish), Flemming Vinter (Danish)

Masterclasses:

Pauline Tinsley, Richard van Allan, Brian MacKay

Residential Summer Schools:

Opera Masterclass-Stretch Your Abilities,Chelmsford (Essex)
Irish Vocal Masterclasses, Dublin (Ireland)

Prizes Singing:

Canon Trophy for Vocal Music (overall most outstanding vocalist - Croydon Music Festival, 2012)
First Prize Grand Opera - Outstanding (The Compton Memorial Trophy & Kentish Opera Prize - Croydon Music Festival, 2012)
First Prize Light Opera - Distinction (The Edward Shakespeare Shield - Croydon Music Festival, 2012)
First Prize Light Opera - Distinction (George Green Cup - Bromley Festival of Music and Speech, 2010)
First Prize Vocal Recital (Arthur Colins Cup - Bromley Festival of Music and Speech, 2010)
Second Prize Operetta (Ealing Festival, 2012)
Third Prize Song Recital - Distinction (Croydon Music Festival, 2012)
Third Prize Recital - Distinction (Ealing Festival, 2012)

Appearances

London unless stated otherwise: The Blue Stockings, Bete Noir, The House of Burlesque, The Opera Diva's Boudoir, Tease me, please me (Rochester), The Gypsy Hotel, Voluptoscope, Femmes Fatale (Maidstone), Ivy Paige Scandalous, Dickens World (Rochester), The Volupte Lounge, Ivy Paige's Curiosity Cabaret (Maidstone), The Oakford Social Club (Reading), Head over Heels at The Paradise by the Way of Kensal Green, The Finger in the Pie Cabaret at Madame Jojo's, TheWhatWorks , Proud

Quotes

“The coloratura was very impressive”
“a very exciting voice”
“sung with great commitment and polish”
“this performance was splendid, with some very exciting fireworks”
“I have never heard Glitter and Be Gay performed like this before”
Marilyn Hill Smith - Adjudicator Ealing Festival 2012 (opera, recital, operetta)

“you are completely in control of this aria”
“this was fiery accurate and completely in control! Well done”
“a very promising voice”
Gaynor Keeble – Adjudicator Croydon Music Festival 2012(light opera, opera, recital)

“The high E-flats seemed to hold no fear for this brave performer”
Neil Jenkins – Adjudicator Bromley Festival of Music and Speech 2010 (light opera

“one of the livelier acts and very funny”
“did a great job of intimidating the audience whilst educating them in opera singing”
Sin Bozkurt - photographer

“puts the crowd through the wringer”
Hugh Leech – photographer

“vibrant”
“effortlessly expelling operatic notes”
“instantly invoking a smile”
“a truly comical experience for everyone”
Oxjam Takeover Camberwell 2011: Review - Venue: Crocked Well

“part stand-up and part TV confessional”
“her mix of charm and bossiness ensured that she persuaded everyone to take part”
Review: The Opera Diva’s Boudoir at The Camden Head, Lucy Jones for Camden Voyer

“Her voice was absolutely beautiful and extremely powerful”
Ella Emerald for Peep Toe Magazine

“Highpoints of the evening included Tamara von Stein and her vocal solo where she combined coquettishness with coloratura”
Review of Ivy Paige's Scandalous! for remotegoat