In the 2017-2018 season, Canadian mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule returns to The Metropolitan Opera for her fourth consecutive season for their production of Thais, makes her Canadian Opera Company debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto, returns to Vancouver Opera for Olga in Eugene Onegin, and makes her Roy Thomson Hall debut as a soloist in their Bravissimo! New Year’s Eve concert.
In the previous season, Ms. Sproule made her European debut to great acclaim singing Erika in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Wexford Festival, and subsequently her Italian debut at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera. She also returned to The Metropolitan Opera to sing the Page in Salome and to cover Olga in Eugene Onegin, and debuted the role of Carmen at the Lakes Area Summer Music Festival.
Highlights of past seasons include the role of Inez in Il Trovatore and Sandman in Hansel and Gretel at The Metropolitan Opera as well as covering assignments in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer, Manon, and Cavalleria Rusticana. Ms Sproule also debuted in her native Canada with Vancouver Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Opéra de Montréal as the Third Maid in Elektra. In concert, she was the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra as well as the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Aspen Music Festival.
As a resident of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, 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, Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Vlasta in the US premiere of The Passenger which she reprised at The Lincoln Center Festival.
Ms. Sproule also furthered her training with residencies at the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera where she was featured in Postcard from Morocco. During the summers of 2013 and 2014 she was a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera where she sang Meg Page in Falstaff, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, and a recital with Steven Blier.
Ms. Sproule is a native of Montréal, Canada and is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BM 2010), and Rice University (MM 2012). She also participated in residencies at The Banff Centre, Aspen Opera Theatre, Merola Opera Program, Wolf Trap Opera (Filene Young Artist), and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.