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MP3 Carolyn Val-Schmidt - The Spirited, Playful, Musical Universe of Carolyn Val-Schmidt

An eclectic, musical theater collection of songs with humor and pathos sung by a classically trained soprano.

5 MP3 Songs in this album (25:05) !
Related styles: CLASSICAL: Musical Theater, CLASSICAL: Operettas



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An enticing bouquet of beloved songs from our past, sung by a bewitching performer. The Soprano engages her entranced audience with her vitality and joy - both as a singer and as a speaker. This performance is a fluid series of intimate and all-encompassing marvelous musical masterpieces. The comedic and the dramatic, the celebratory and the sentimental, the homespun and the elegant.

The critics agree,:
"..."...Her voice is striking", "...She delights in performing","...Val-Schmidt is splendid", "...a singer with an extraordinary voice; a first rate comedienne."

"An Extraordinary singer with an extraordinary voice." T.T. Lenk -KGNU

"How do you explain the thrill of a theatrical phenomenon?"
Loretta Lotman, Michael''s Thing, NYC

"Very well done"
Maric Callas in Master Class at The Juiliard School

REVIEWS
"...absolutely gripping...every last nuance explored both text and music..." RICHARD STRAUSS,"Four Last Songs", Best of Boulder 1993-Daily Camera

"Passion was visible as well as audible in the exerpt from..." IL TROVATORE, Albuquerque Journal

"In the midst of a decade-long Baroque revival, the operas of the period have remained neglected, but with a performer of the determination, projection and stylish aplomb of Carolyn Val-Schmidt (a soprano with veristic reserves) there is hope for a resurgence. Ms. Val-Schmidt sang with warmth and gusto, negotiating the fiery coloratura firmly." BAROQUE OPERA RECITAL, Opera News

"Outstanding...lovely high soprano...with an unusual amount of nuance." LORD BYRON, Harold Schonberg, The New York TImes

"...lovely, full soprano...handled difficult music with skill...completely believable in the part." LORD BYRON, New York Post

"...a superb Countess. Mozart has given the Countess two of the opera''s finest arias, and Ms. Val-Schmidt sings them beautifully. Her Dove Sono was the highlight of the opera." THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Sarasota Herald Tribune

"...her voice had grace, accuracy and power,..when she sand the sumptuous optional aria, Non mi dir, she nearly brought down the house." DON GIOVANNI, Narragansett Times

"...played with style and relish, a first rate comedienne: a singer with an extraordinary voice." THE CLUB, Boston Herald American

"...stunningly musical, dramatically-honest soprano." IL CORSARO, Village Voice Centerfold

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"Carolyn Val-Schmidt''s accurate soprano rode brilliantly over Verdi''s colossal ensembles." Denver Post, May 5th, Jeff Bradley

BIOGRAPHY

The full lyric soprano voice of Carolyn Val-Schmidt inspires acclaim for beauty of tone and bel canto line as well as dramatic thrust and breath-catching flexibility.

Appearances at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall prededed her 18 major opera roles. A celebrated Mozart soprano, Val-Schmidt''s professional opera debut in Sarasota as "Contessa" let to "Fiordiligi," and "Donna Anna," where her fluidity of line, beautiful tone, agility, and tasteful phrasing graced stages such as the Artists Internationale and Michigan Opera Theater.

This versatile soprano has sung in eleven languages and has performed with over a dozen opera companies. Val-Schmidt has sung, acted, and danced in musical theather across the United States.

Val-Schmidt served as a guest soloist with renowned concert
series such as the Newport Music Festival and New York''s Clarion Concerts. Val-Schmidt''s orchestral, recital and cabaret appearances are noted for musical sensitivity and technical finesse as well as stimulating repertoire.

This soprano received a Fellowship in the Perfoming Arts to pursue her Master''s degree in music and drama at the University of Illinois. Awards of two Rockerfeller grants and three international voice competitions followed graduation.

Val-Schmidt was invited to join the Maria Callas Master Class and created the leading soprano role in the World Premiere of Virgil Thomson''s Lord Byron at the American Opera Center in the Julliard School.

Former Chair of the Voice Department at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Val-Schmidt judged the 1993 Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition. She balances a private voice studio with her performance schedule.

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