Cree Carrico: The Ophelia ProjectInterview
Soprano Cree Carrico thinks outside the box. Case in point: The Ophelia Project. With director Christopher Mirto, she has created The Ophelia Project, a one-woman opera/theatre hybrid exploring the fractured psyche of Shakespeare’s Ophelia. The piece stars Cree Carrico and pianist Kyung-Eun Na, and it’s an exciting way to develop the “traditional” recital format. Cree’s own history as a performer includes operatic roles like Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) and Marie Antoinette (Ghosts of Versailles), and plenty of theatre experience to boot, like Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (and Nathan Gunn!) and Flora the Red Menace with Oberlin College Theatre.
I had the chance to work with Cree at Oberlin College Conservatory a few years back. She’s insatiably creative, and she’s fascinated with intertwining music and text. She created a Kickstarter campaign for _The Ophelia Project;_ I asked her all about how the project formed, and why Cree and Ophelia get along so well.