Caroline Worra ("Blanca") - Lyric Soprano
Grammy nominated soprano Caroline Worra, has performed with New York City Opera for fiveseasons; "a stalwart of New York City Opera" (The New Yorker). She will be returning for her sixth season this fall covering the title role in Handel's Agrippina. NYCO highlights: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; Jenny in The Mines of Sulphur; Amy in Little Women; Frasquita in Carmen; The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel; Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; title role in Daphne (cover); Countess in Capriccio (cover); title role in Agrippina (cover); Emilia in Flavio (cover); L'Amour/La Follie in Platee (cover); Norina in Don Pasquale (cover); Curly's Wife in Of Mice and Men (cover).
A recipient of the Richard F. Gold/Shoshana Foundation Career Grant, Caroline will be returning for her sixth season with Glimmerglass Opera this summer "...practically like a house soprano" (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). She will be performing the role of Euridice in Philip Glass' Orphée. Glimmerglass highlights: Boule de Suif in The Greater Good from which the Naxos recording from the live performance of the World Premiere was just recorded; Jenny in The Mines of Sulphur from which the Chandos recording from the live performance of the American professional debut was recorded and nominated for a Grammy; Amy in Little Women; Mrs. Mueller/Katy Wendler/ Madame Kakonyi in The Good Soldier Schweik; Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (cover); title role in Agrippina (cover).
Caroline has also sung leading roles with other notable opera companies as well. She made her European debut at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily singing the role of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. Throughout the United States her operatic credits include: Dallas Opera as Lisette in La Rondine; Opera Memphis as Micaela in Carmen and the title role in The Merry Widow; Long Beach Opera in the title role of Semele; Chattanooga Opera as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro; Kansas City Lyric Opera (Curlys Wife) in Of Mice and Men; Connectcut Grand Opera (Donna Anna) in Don Giovanni, (Musetta) in La Bohème; Gotham Chamber Opera (New York City) in the title role of Arianna in Creta; L'Opéra Français de New York in Desperately Seeking Thais; Maison francaise (NYU) in La Voix humaine; Ned Rorem's 80th birthday celebration in New York City in A Childhood Miracle; Los Angeles Philharmonic with Maestro Pierre Boulez in a concert version of Parsifal; Opera Idaho and Cedar Rapids Opera (Musetta) in La Bohème; Cedar Rapids Opera creating the role of Just Jeanette in the World Premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos; Quad Cities Mozart Festival (Donna Elvira) in Don Giovanni; Pittsburgh Opera student matinee (Violetta) in La Traviata; Pittsburgh program (Anne Trulove) in The Rake's Progress, (Gulnara) in Il Corsaro, (Melisande) in Pelléas et Mélisande; Bloomington, Indiana (Governess) in The Turn of the Screw, Indiana University Opera (Alice Ford) in Falstaff, (Donna Elvira) in Don Giovanni, the title roles in The Bartered Bride and Agrippina; toured the country twice with San Francisco's Western Opera Theatre (Violetta) in La Traviata and (Rosalinda) in Die Fledermaus.
Ms. Worra was a featured artist in the Sound Bites article in the December 2005 Issue of Opera News and gave a Carnegie Hall debut recital in Weill Hall in New York City in February 2006. In April 2006 she gave a recital as part of the Richard F. Gold Concert series as a New York City Opera featured artist. This past year was her fourth year with NYCO's Showcase of American Composers (VOX) and her second year as part of the American Opera Projects (AOP) workshop. Both groups designed for the creation of new operas. On September 11, 2006, Caroline was one of the featured singers for the families of the 9-11 victims.
Upcoming Engagements: Cedar Rapids Opera in Juneas Adina in Elixir of Love; Luther College Alumni featured soloist in July; Glimmerglass Opera in July and August as Euridice in Philip Glass' Orphée; New York City Opera covering the title role in Handel's Agrippina; Kentucky Opera in November and December as Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites; Opera Omaha in March 2008 for "Blizzard Voices," a World Premiere Cantata and recording; Opera Memphis in 2009 as Marguerite in Faust.