Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Known for her soaring voice and richly nuanced characters, soprano Carrie Hennessey is consistently thrilling audiences and critics in opera and concert appearances around the world. 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.” (Fresno Bee) Ms. Hennessey’s embodiment of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmeline earned her a Bay Area Broadway World Awards for "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" nomination. Praised for bringing her signature “exquisite vocal purity and range to the title role”and was “nothing short of sensational” (San Francisco Classical Voice). 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.
This season includes debuts as soprano soloist in Britten's War Requiem and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 as well as debuts at the Concertgebouw in Bruges, in Ypres, Belgium and at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany singing the soprano solo in Verdi's Requiem. Alongside the world renowned composer Ricky Ian Gordon in the fall of 2016, Ms. Hennessey gave Master Classes and performed a recital of his original art songs. Other highlights include Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Recent engagements include her debut with the Houston Symphony at Jones’ Hall, Mozart's Mass in C minor at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary and Reduta Hall in Bratislava, Dvorak's Requiem in Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the International Mahler Festival in the Czech Republic, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang. Other recent operatic highlights include Sarah Miles in the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair with West Edge Opera, Mimì in La Bohème with West Bay Opera, a reprise of The Woman in La Voix Humaine in NYC, and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Magda and Floria Tosca in Puccini: A Man and His Muses for Sacramento Opera.
Previous performances include Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Livermore Valley Opera, Hanna in The Merry Widow with Townsend Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the renowned Pacific Symphony, Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, a World Premiere of a song cycle written for Ms. Hennessey and the Rootstock Percussion Trio, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate! and Coronation Mass, Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Grand Rapids Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem with Oakland Symphony where Hennessey brought “bright tone and elegant legato”
Ms. Hennessey utilized her theatrical background by working with the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Children’s Chorus to stage direct their joint production in Brundibar and continues to actively support music education through lectures and Master Classes in the communities in which she works, as well as nurturing a thriving private vocal studio in Northern CA.