"...a soaring voice..."
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.” 2019/2020 includes a role debut as Estelle in the opera The Stronger, Blitzstein’s Triple Sec and a world premiere of the opera Bones of Girls by librettist, Cristina Fríes and composer, Ryan Suleiman. The aforementioned performances will all take place with The Rogue Music Project, a collective of performers that cultivates adventurous musical and theatrical experiences. Other performances include Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Gounod’s Messe solennelle en l'honneur de Sainte Cécile, Brahms’ Requiem, as well as numerous recitals, cabarets, and continuous music education projects.
Recent performances include a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s music with concert “Bernstein 100” with the Colorado Symphony and Sinfonia Chamber Brass, a recital in several East Coast venues “Crisis of Faith” with bass Paul An of arias, duets and scenes from new operas including several world premieres, Song of Sacramento featuring 8 world premieres of songs written by Sacramento area composers, Fauré Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, an all Schubert recital with pianist Gayle Blankenburg and cellist Susan Lamb Cook, as well as several performances with the Rogue Music Project. Recent past performances include Ms. Hennessey’s orchestral debut of Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with conductor Daniel Stewart, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate! and Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4, and several chamber works including Respighi’s Il Tramonto, Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé and William Walton’s Façade.
Ms. Hennessey is an active recitalist, performing songs of the beloved American composer, Ricky Ian Gordon, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and several recital performances of the recital titled “To Live and Die for Love: The Heroines of Puccini”. Ms. Hennessey continues to give Master Classes and to reach out musically in the communities in which she works and keeps a busy vocal studio in Northern California. Past engagements include her debut with the Houston Symphony, NYC performances of Poulenc’s French melodrama La Voix Humaine as well as European appearances at Reduta Hall in Bratislava, Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, the International Mahler Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic, Concertgebouw in Bruges, Ypres, Belgium and at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Germany.