Carolyn Bacon is a soprano based in San Francisco, known for her imagination, intelligence, and versatility as an opera and musical theater performer, whose "sweet voice with a melodic air much like a bird in flight draws the audience's sustained applause." This fall, she will join the San Francisco Opera outreach program as Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore), which will reach over 100 schools across the Bay Area.
Recent Bay Area performances have seen Carolyn in leading roles with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, Pocket Opera, Opera Parallèle, and others. This summer, she was highlighted in Cinnabar Theater's The Fantasticks: "Luisa is given a beautiful, stellar rendition by Carolyn Bacon, whose angelic voice and superb acting are a true delight." (Talkin' Broadway).
Last year, Carolyn made her professional German debut in Freiburg, singing Adele (Die Fledermaus) with the Markgräfler Symphonie Orchester. The Badische Zeitung writes:
"Carolyn Bacon was a bitingly fresh, cheeky Adele, who moved perfectly...Her high notes were divinely effortless and powerful.”
Carolyn is fluent in German, having trained at the renowned Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, and holds a C1 Zertifikat.
A skilled performer in multiple genres, Carolyn was a 2017 semi-finalist in the Kurt Weill Institute's Lotte Lenya Competition in New York, which recognizes singer-actors who perform opera, Golden Age and contemporary musical theater, and the music of Kurt Weill with equal musical talent and dramatic commitment. She has been praised for her Carolyn also sings jazz regularly at San Francisco's premiere jazz club, Black Cat.
As a Resident Artist with the Utah Festival Opera, Carolyn covered the roles of Musetta in La Bohème and Julie Jordan in Carousel. She was also highlighted as a principal dancer in both Carousel and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Training programs include the Opera Academy of California, where she sang Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) under Austrian conductor Niels Muus, and the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival, lead by Anton Armstrong and Helmut Rilling. Trained as a dancer, Carolyn studied with the Donna Morris Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, ODC, and SF Circus Center.
Carolyn holds her MM in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Jane Randolph. She also earned her BA in Neuroscience from Pomona College, where she originally prepared to pursue a career in medicine. Carolyn is a successful print and commercial actor with NYLO Talent Agency.