Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, soprano CARRIE HENNESSEY is a powerful and talented artist.
Ms. Hennessey’s much awaited debut in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire “gave us a Blanche that let us burrow into her character’s soul, even into the darkest crevices…Hennessey, using a one-two punch of music and drama, made it resonate in a way that equaled the finest stage performances of the part I’ve seen.” Her embodiment of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmeline earned her a nomination in the 2010 Bay Area Broadway World Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local). She brought“exquisite vocal purity and range to the title role” and was “nothing short of sensational”. With West Bay Opera as Mimì in La Bohème, she was said to be “..possessed of a full, powerful lyric soprano, which delivers Puccini’s arias and duets richly. Her “Mi chiamano Mimì” (Yes, they call me Mimì) in Act 1 is gorgeous”. On only one day’s notice, Ms. Hennessey made her debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, to great acclaim.
The 2014/2015 season includes several concert and recital appearances as well as her role debut as Blanche in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Stage director Brad Dalton and soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem and the Mozart Requiem. 2013/14 season included playing Sarah Miles in the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, areprise of The Woman in La Voix Humaine, Mimì in La Bohème, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, the Brahms Requiem, Vaughn Williams’ moving Dona Nobis Pacem, appearances on multiple concert/recital series and Mahler’s epic symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde.In 2012/13, Ms. Hennessey made several appearances with Sacramento Opera in concert. She also sang the role of Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as well as Magda and Floria Tosca in Puccini: A Man and His Muses. Other performances included a World Premiere of a song cycle by Mark Vance written for Ms. Hennessey and the Rootstock Percussion Trio, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate!, Coronation Mass, the Faure Requiem, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Duruflé Requiem, several concert and recital appearances and a European tour as soprano soloist in the Mozart Mass in C minor and the stunningly dramatic and rarely performed Dvorak Requiem in Rudolfinum Hall in Prague. 2011/2012 engagements included her European debut at the International Mahler Festival in Czech Republic singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, her NYC debut in Poulenc’s French melodrama La Voix Humaine, as well as performances of the Mozart Mass in C minor, Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Grand Rapids Symphony, Carmina Burana with Oakland East Bay Symphony and Mozart Requiem with Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and the Dvorak Requiem, along with several recital, concert and Master Class appearances. In the 2010/2011 season, Ms. Hennessey debuted as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. She also appeared as soprano soloist with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and with the renowned Pacific Symphony in Handel’s Messiah. With the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the Brahms Requiem, Hennessey brought “bright tone and elegant legato”. She has also appeared with Townsend Opera as Hanna in The Merry Widow, and with Sacramento Opera as Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore and Edith in Pirates of Penzance, as soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella at the Mendocino Music Festival and with members of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos.
Ms. Hennessey utilized her theatrical background by working with the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Children’s Chorus to stage direct the April 2010 run of Brundibar and worked with Sacramento Opera’s Education and Outreach program to direct and perform in the opera Green Eggs and Ham. When not performing on the main stage, Ms. Hennessey continues the important music education work with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley and other organizations in Northern California.