Fine & Performing Arts
R. Kent Cottam (1935-)
R. Kent Cottam was born and raised in St. George, Utah. While at Dixie College, he performed in many theatrical and musical events, including Kiss Me Kate. After graduation and an LDS Church mission to Brazil, he returned to star in Carousel and Kismet. He continued his education in New York City, studying voice, acting and musical theatre with many well know performers at the Herbert Berghoff Studios. At the Bob Collier School, he studied television acting.Kent has performed on Broadway and Off Broadway, in dinner theatre and children’s theatre, made TV commercials and industrials, and appeared in many concerts and club acts. He has sung major roles in La Boheme, La Traviata, Die Zauberfloete, Cosi Fan Tutti, Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Conte D’Hoffman, Merry Wives of Windsor, Zigeunerliebe, and many other operas. He has also sung in the chorus at the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, performing over 20 operas each season in several different languages. His marvelous voice has led him to the stages of the Kennedy Center, the Academy of Music, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, and many others, and, with the Met, he has toured the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain and Germany. He feels most fortunate to have spent so many years singing the world’s greatest music and associating with so many wonderful musicians.