Cynthia Haymon

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Cynthia Haymon-Coleman is an American soprano, born September 6, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida. She is known for the beauty of her voice and seeming ease with which she uses it. She obtained her Bachelor's degree of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She currently teaches voice as a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


Some of Cynthia's operatic roles include Liù in Turandot, Mimì in La bohème, Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Micaela in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.

She gave the world premiere of the piece "Seven for Luck", a piece for soprano and orchestra based on the texts of Rita Dove, by composer John Williams with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Cynthia has sung the role of Bess in the 1986 Glyndebourne production of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, in the 1989 album made from that production, and in the 1993 television production of the work.

Cynthia Haymon is married to operatic tenor Barrington Coleman, who also appeared in the above-listed productions of Porgy and Bess, as Mingo. They have two children, named Camden Maclyndon and Crofton Coleman.

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