Praised for her "angelic voice and superb acting" (Talkin' Broadway), Carolyn Bacon is an opera and musical theater singer recently relocated to New York City. With performances across Oregon, California, and Utah, Carolyn was based in the Bay Area, where she just finished performing Adina (L'Elisir d'amore) with the San Francisco Opera educational outreach.
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, she 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.
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. Carolyn also sings jazz regularly, including a regular slot 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.
As a successful print and commercial actor with NYLO Talent Agency in California, Carolyn is currently seeking New York representation.