Canadian mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
In the 2015/16 season she performed Elektra (Third Maid) at Opéra de Montréal, Haendel’s Messiah with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and returned to New York MET as Inese in Il trovatore.
Future plans include the role of Erika in the opera Vanessa by Samuel Barber for the Wexford Festival and his New York MET return covering the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and as The Page of Herodias in Salome.
In the 2014-2015 season she makes her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and joins the Met for three subsequent productions covering the roles of The Palestinian Woman in The Death of Klinghoffer, Javotte in Manon, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. She returns to Houston Grand Opera as The Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and joins the Houston Ballet as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
During the 2013-2014 season at Houston Grand Opera, Ms. Sproule sang the role of Orlofsky in performances of Die Fledermaus, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Countess Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Mercédès in Carmen, and Vlasta in The Passenger which she reprised at The Lincoln Center Festival. She also spent a second summer as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera where she sang the role of Sesto in Giulio Cesare and the Vocal Colors Recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Ms. Sproule was also delighted to return to the Aspen Music Festival as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In the 2012-2013 season, Ms. Sproule sang the role of A Lady with a Hat Box in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco as a young artist with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. In Houston, she sang the role of Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, and spent the summer of 2013 as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera where she sang Meg Page in Falstaff and a recital entitled Wonders to Wander to with Steven Blier.
Past performances include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea, and Mrs.Gibbs in Ned Rorem’s Our Town at Rice Univeristy. Recent concert appearances include the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. Her varied recital credits include performances of Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs at The Aspen Music Festival in collaboration with Robert Spano, John Harbison’s North and South with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and a performance at The Kennedy Center as part of their annual Conservatory Project featuring exceptional students in American Music Schools.
Ms. Sproule is a native of Montréal, Canada and is a graduate of The Julliard School (BM 2010), and Rice University (MM 2012). She also furthered her training with residencies at The Banff Centre, Aspen Opera Theatre, Merola Opera Program, Wolf Trap Opera (Filene Young Artist), and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.