Praised for her "angelic voice and superb acting" (Talkin' Broadway), Carolyn Bacon is an opera, musical theater, and jazz singer recently relocated to New York City. Carolyn is a 2019 Finalist for the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, which identifies rising star 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 will compete for the top prize of $20,000. Click here to read the press release.
With performances across Oregon, California, and Utah, Carolyn was based in the Bay Area, where she performed Adina (L'Elisir d'amore) with the San Francisco Opera educational outreach. Other West Coast regional work includes leading roles with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, Cinnabar Theater, Pocket Opera, Opera Parallèle, and others.
Last year, Carolyn made her European debut in Freiburg, Germany 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.
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.