Carrie Hennessey

Carrie Hennessey is a wayfinder through the deep, spiritual and technical discoveries of the voice.

Ms. Hennessey found her true voice coming back to singing post trauma and has created a wildly unique and energized career path in theater, opera, symphony work, recital, and education, wearing with pride the hats of trauma-informed teacher and facilitator, producer, singer, actor, innovator and writer.

She is known for her soaring voice and richly nuanced characters onstage, and has sung all over the world. 2023/24 season includes Poulenc’s visceral one woman opera set to text by Jean Cocteau La Voix Humaine, a recital featuring beloved American Composer Ricky Ian Gordon, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana,, Brahms’ Requiem, Gershwin’s Rhapsody with the renowned brass quintet, Spectrum Brass, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Joaquin Rodrigo’s Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios and numerous recitals, workshops, Master Classes and concerts.

Ms. Hennessey will unleash a staging of her very own one woman show “How did I even get here?” a classical cabaret of sorts about her wild path back to singing and creating a versatile and vibrant career steeped in authenticity. In a traditional recital review once, the cat got outta the bag that, “Carrie has followers who shout and scream. This is fun!”. Ms. Hennessey’s direct and vibrant way of connecting to audiences is part of the fun of this one woman show experience! If you’re in Northern California, stay tuned!

Notable highlights include, debuting as Kát’á in Kát’á Kabanová at the Cal Shakes Amphitheater. Ms. Hennessey “in a vivid star turn in the title role…brought a wondrous blend of silvery tone and sinuous phrasing to her assignment…Hennessey’s performance touched perfectly on Katya’s anxiety, joys and uncertainty, all through a surge of Puccinian lyricism.”- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, As Blanche Du Bois in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire she “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.” (Fresno Bee) Carrie captivated audiences as Estelle in an immersive production of The Stronger,, as Elle in La Voix Humaine in NYC and tapped into her knack for physical comedy and fearless vocalism in the world premiere ballet by Darrell Grand Moultrie “On the Rocks, Please!”, bringing the Sacramento Ballet house to surprised belly laughter and then to its feet. Ms. Hennessey has sung worldwide with Grand Rapids Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, Duluth Symphony, Houston Symphony, and at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest, Reduta Hall in Bratislava, Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, the International Mahler Festival, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, Ypres, Belgium and at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart.

Carrie lights a fire in those around her teaching music education through lectures, workshops, Master Classes, and is joyfully dedicated to guiding all around her to find their true authentic voice in the world. To be a part of this creative adventure, or find out about upcoming performances, including her one woman show, subscribe to her email list and blog at www.carriehennessey.com and follow on social media @carriehennessey for updates!