Carolyn Bacon is a soprano based in San Francisco, known for her imagination, intelligence, and versatility as an opera and musical theater performer.
Up next, Carolyn will star as Luisa in The Fantasticks with Cinnabar Theater. She first appeared with the company this winter in the sold out 5-week run of My Way, a tribute to Frank Sinatra's career with jazz trio.
Carolyn also sings jazz at San Francisco's premiere jazz club, Black Cat. See her with her swinging trio on April 6th!
Last season, 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 in her employer’s clothes as the “Artist” Olga and had the impostors Chevalier Chagrin and Marquis Renard wrapped around her little finger. Her high notes were divinely effortless and powerful.”
Read the rest of the review here. Carolyn is fluent in German, having trained at the renowned Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, and holds a C1 Zertifikat.
Other recent performances have seen Carolyn in leading roles with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, TheatreWorks, Pocket Opera, Opera Parallèle, and others. She was highlighted in Pacific Coast Repertory Theater's Evita for her "sweet voice with a melodic air much like a bird in flight that drew the audience's sustained applause". 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.
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. An active dancer, Carolyn has trained with the Donna Morris Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, SF Academy of Ballet, 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.