Carla Rae Cook

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

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Biographical Overview

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carla began singing in youth choirs and studying piano at the age of five. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Utah, Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University, and postgraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. She received full scholarships to study at the Tanglewood Music Center, The Music Academy of the West, and Zurich Opera Studios.

After winning numerous competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the Munich International Vocal Competition, and San Francisco Opera's Merola Auditions, The Metropolitan Opera presented her in a Carnegie Hall debut with the National Orchestra of New York. She went on to make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Girl of Mahagonny in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

Later, Carla began performing Wagnerian roles with the Metropolitan Opera. She sang Waltraute in Die Walküre while on tour. She also began performing leading Wagnerian roles with the Seattle Opera, where she created Venus in a new production of Tannhäuser. She also has sung Waltraute, Flosshilde, and Siegrune in Seattle’s Ring Cycles. When she made her European opera debut singing Venus in Tannhäuser with the Bremen Opera she created such a sensation that she was hailed to become “one of the world’s leading Wagnerians.”

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