Bio

Carol YahrDramatic soprano Carol Yahr has been acclaimed in performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bastille Opera, Seattle Opera, Norwegian Opera, Australian Opera, Washington Opera and the Scottish Opera. Since singing her first Wagnerian soprano role (Eva in Die Meistersinger in Seattle), Yahr has gone on to sing all the important roles of this repertoire. She has appeared as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in Hamburg and Berlin, as Ortrud in Lohengrin in Berlin, Leipzig and Seattle, as Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Scottish Opera, as Kundry in Parsifal with the Bonn Opera and in Santiago, Chile. She has sung the role of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde for the Opéra National de Paris, Scottish Opera, Australian Opera, Washington Opera, for companies in Copenhagen, Honolulu and Prague, and in concert with Lorin Maazel at Carnegie Hall in New York and Pittsburgh. In 1996, Yahr sang Brünnhilde in her first complete Ring cycle in a new production mounted by the Oslo Opera. This production was brought to Norwich, England and her performance was described by the London Times as “a triumph”. In December of 1999, Ms. Yahr appeared as Brünnhilde in the complete Ring at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim.
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Carol Yahr began her career as a mezzo-soprano making her European debut in 1987 as Venus in a new production of Tannhüuser in Cologne, Germany. She appeared as Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in a Ring Cycle at L’Opéra de Nice, which was also performed in Paris at Théatre Champs Élysées in 1988. Yahr also won high praise for her portrayal of Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens in Nice in 1989. Yahr made her debut in the soprano repertoire with the Seattle Opera in 1989 when she appeared as Eva in Die Meistersinger. The following year, she sang her first performances of Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Innsbruck and made her United Kingdom debut in the same role with the Glyndebourne Touring Company in the autumn of 1990. She also returned to Innsbruck to sing both Venus and Elisabeth in a new production of Tannhäuser in the spring of 1991 and received particular international attention when she appeared as Sieglinde in Scottish Opera’s 1991 production of Die Walküre. The London Times wrote: “Yahr, particularly, develops throughout the evening into a remarkable Wagnerian, glorious in her final outburst, ‘O hehrstes Wunder’.”

Carol Yahr made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1993 as Leonore in Fidelio and has also appeared in the role in concert performances presented by the Glyndebourne Festival under Roger Norrington and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival under Christophe Eschenbach. Yahr also appeared at the Metropolitan as both Cassandre and Didon in Les Troyens under James Levine. She has been heard in concert as Cassandre in Toulouse under Michel Plasson and as Genièvre in Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus in Amsterdam under Edo de Waart.

Ms. Yahr sang the role of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde in a new production at the Prague National Theater, as well as Brünnhilde in Gotterdammerung at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Italy. In the fall of 2003, Ms. Yahr added the role of Kostelnicka in Jenufa to her repertoire in highly praised performances in The Netherlands. OPERA Magazine wrote, “Her expressive face, energetic singing and terrific concentration created a memorably tragic figure.”

For four seasons, Ms. Yahr participated in the Shaker Mountain Opera Festival as performer, teacher and Resident Artist. At the 2004 festival, she made her debut as a stage director with a new production of Faust. In the summer of 2005, Ms. Yahr in collaboration with conductor and vocal coach Joshua Greene began a summer opera program for young singers, New York Summer Opera Scenes. She also maintains an active, private voice studio in New York City.
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Resumé

Performances

Theater

Role

Opera

Metropolitan Opera (1992-1993)
Leonore
Didon
Cassandre
Fidelio
Les Troyens
Les Troyens
Staatsoper Berlin (1998)
Brünnhilde
Der Ring des Niebelungen
(Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Deutsche Oper Berlin (1992 – 1999)
Leonore
Elisabeth
Ortrud
Brünnhilde
Fidelio
Tannhäuser
Lohengrin
Wagner Gala
Hamburg State Opera (1995 – 1996)
Elisabeth
Venus
Tannhäuser
Tannhäuser
Opéra de Paris Bastille
Isolde
Tristan und Isolde (1998)
Oper der Stadt Köln, Cologne, Germany
Venus
Tannhäuser (1987)
Washington Opera, Kennedy Center
Isolde
Marta
Tristan und Isolde (1999)
Das Tiefland (1995)
Australian Opera
Isolde
Tristan und Isolde (1993)
Seattle Opera
Ortrud
Eva
Lohengrin (1994)
Die Meistersinger (1989)
Glyndebourne Festival
Leonore
Fidelio (1990, 1993)
Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne, Germany
Brünnhilde
Götterdämmerung (2000)
Ravinia Festival
Leonore
Fidelio (1993)
Pittsburgh Symphony
Isolde
Tristan und Isolde (1994, 1995)
Scottish Opera
Sieglinde
Isolde
Die Walküre (1991)
Tristan und Isolde (1994)
Oper der Stadt Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Leonore
Kundry
Fidelio (1996)
Parsifal (1997)
Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Norway (1994-1997)
Brünnhilde
Der Ring des Niebelungen
(Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung)
Opéra de Nice, Nice, France
Fricka, WaltrauteDidon
Geneviève

Das Rheingold/Die Walküre (1988)
Les Troyens (1989)
Pelléas et Mélisande (1988)
Oper Leipzig
Ortrud
Lohengrin (1992)
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Italy
Brünnhilde
Götterdämmerung (2001)
Orchestre National du Capitol, Toulouse, France
Cassandre
Les Troyens (1995)
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Genièvre
Le Roi Arthus (Chausson) (1995)
National Theater, Prague, Czech Republic
Isolde
Tristan und Isolde (2000 – 2002)
Opera del Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile
Kundry
Parsifal (1999)
Hawaii Opera Theater
Isolde
Tristan und Isolde (2000)
Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino RAI, Turino, Italy
Brünnhilde
Siegfried (1996)
Tirolisches Landestheater, Innsbrück, Austria
Leonore
Elisabeth/Venus
Fidelio (1990)
Tannhäuser (1991)
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Other Roles Performed

Role

Opera

Carmen, Mercedes
Carmen
Santuzza, Lola
Cavalleria Rusticana
Suzuki
Madama Butterfly
Maddalena
Rigoletto
Charlotte
Werther
Second Lady,
Third Lady
The Magic Flute

Conductors

Richard Armstrong
Scottish Opera
Daniel Barenboim
Staatsoper Berlin
James Conlon
Opera de Paris Bastille
Christoph Eschenbach
Ravinia Festival
Heinz Fricke
Den Norske Opera, Washington Opera,
Kennedy Center
Jane Glover
Glyndebourne Festival
Marek Janowski
Oper Der Stadt Koln
Graham Jenkins
Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Berislav Klobucar
Opera de Nice
Jirgi Kout
Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Oper Berlin,
National Theater Prague
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera
Lorin Maazel
Pittsburgh Symphony
John Mauceri
Scottish Opera
Gustrav Meier
Syracuse Opera
Hermann Michael
Seattle Opera, Metropolitan Opera
Roger Norrington
Glyndebourne Festival
Michel Placon
Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse
Jeffrey Tate
Oper der Stadt Bonn
Christian Thielemann
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Edo De Waart
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Amsterdam

Teaching and Direction Experience

Present
Private Vocal Studio, New York, NY
Instructor for Audition Techniques and Interpretation, privately organized master classes, New York, NY
July, 2005
Artistic Director/Stage Director, New York Summer Opera Scenes (NYSOS), New York, NY
July, 2004
Stage Director, Faust, Shaker Mountain Festival, Pittsfield, MA
2002, 2003
Adjunct Voice Faculty, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY
Fall, 2002
Master Class Instructor, Audition Techniques and Interpretation, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
Summer, 2001, 2002, 2003
Teaching Staff (Interpretation, Stage Deportment, Diction), Shaker Mountain Festival, Pittsfield, MA
1973 – 1980
Elementary School Teacher, New York, NY

Education

Master of Science in Education, Bank Street College of Education, 1976
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University, 1972

Additional Training

Apprentice Artist: Wolf Trap Opera, Lake George Opera Festival
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Mannes College of Music, NY, NY
Terry Schreiber Acting Studio, NY, NY

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