Soprano Cree Carrico is a singing actress who is quickly gaining recognition for her unique and edgy performances of opera, musical theater, art song and cabaret. Since her New York debut as Marie Antoinette in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Jay Lesenger for the Manhattan School of Music, Cree has dived fearlessly into the difficult works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Of her performance in Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, also at MSM, the New York Times lauded her for her "wounded smoothness" as the anti-heroine Jenny Smith while Opera News praised her "gleaming" tone. In the spring of 2013, she gave the New York premiere of Jake Heggie's monodrama At the Statue of Venus with Opera Avanti. This summer, she returns to Chautauqua Opera as a Studio Artist and will perform Niece 1 in the company's production of Peter Grimes. In addition to her contemporary repertoire, Cree has sung Frasquita, Vitellia, Despina, Lisette in La Rondine, and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute. She will appear in the Fall 2013 Verdi Square Festival, singing Gilda in selections from Rigoletto. Unfazed by the intimacy of solo performance, in February of 2013 Cree curated and performed Ophelia, a unique program of art songs, arias and monologues at the National Opera Center, exploring the story and psychology of Shakespeare's tragic heroine. In the fall of 2012, she produced and performed Poulenc's The Human Voice, in English, at New York's Don't Tell Mama. She will return to there this fall to produce, direct and perform another one-woman show.A member of Actor's Equity, Cree earned her union card as an ensemble member in the New York Philharmonic's performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, sharing the stage with Nathan Gunn, Kelli O'Hara and Stephanie Blythe. Previous musical theater roles include both Fraulein Kost and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Celeste I/Harriett in Sunday in the Park with George and the ensembles of Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar. During her final semester at Oberlin, Cree played Comrade Charlotte in Flora, the Red Menace, working closely with the legendary John Kander on a new version of the musical. Cree received a Bachelor's of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master's of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She was a finalist in the Ades Competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
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