Jennifer Brennan-Hondorp

Kishna Davis

Pamela Hinchman

Pamela Hinchman

Teresa Seidl

Shawnette Sulker

Stella Zambalis

Buffy Baggott

Julia Elise Hardin

Jennifer Lane

Carol Sparrow

Michelle Wrighte

Robert Bracey

Benjamin Brecher

James Doing

Randolph Locke

Jeffrey Springer

Mark Thomsen

Bradley Williams

Graham Fandrei

Kenneth Overton

Frederick Reeder

Charles Robert Stephens

Gerard Sundberg

James Patterson

Additional Artists

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Carol Sparrow, mezzo-soprano

As Azucena in Il trovatore

“Carol Sparrow as the spurned gypsy Azucena delivered music that blended fine tonal quality with seriousness of character.” The Commercial Appeal

As Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana

“Soprano Carol Sparrow, as the lovelorn Santuzza, was his (Randolph Locke’s) match vocally and her duets with Locke were simply stunning, a match-up of color, strength, and emotion.” The Commercial Appeal

As Eboli in Don Carlo

“After all, Eboli, full of temperament and sung in superior style by Carol Sparrow, took over. She was the only one who had more in the end than just words for Carlos.” Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung

“Only Princess Eboli, brilliant mezzo soprano Carol Sparrow lent energy and power to the evening.” Berliner Kurier

“Princess Eboli (Carol Sparrow) was the wild cat, who forced her lingering way through the Spanish court ceremony.” Liechtensteiner Vaterland

As Carmen in Carmen

“In the title role Carol Sparrow moved with feline grace and provocative languor, singing with rich, firm tone and secure control.” Opera News

The new production is carried, as it must be, by the Carmen, sung by a star-in-the-making named Carol Sparrow . . . It is hot the moment she enters. . . Sparrow’s Carmen is irresistible, nevertheless, confident, sensual, mocking. And above all, brilliantly sung. Sparrow’s rich, heady mezzo soprano voice easily encompassed the role’s seductive bottoms and thrilling highs. In the brilliant final scene, she could fling out her defiance with devastating power.” The New and Observer, Raleigh

“As Carmen, mezzo soprano Carol Sparrow dominated the stage. Her huge voice seemed capable of crumbling the Imperial wall as any moment, while also conveying Carmen’s emotions at all times. During the Habanera, Ms. Sparrow displayed her rich, flexible mezzo well. In the Seguidilla, Card Aria and Final Scene, her voice and acting combined to create fireworks on stage. Throughout the evening, Ms. Sparrow sang with supreme musicianship and incredible intonation while well maintaining her Carmen persona. Her excellent singing-acting talent managed to portray Carmen’s vulnerabilities as well as her spunk and passion.” The Augusta Chronicle

As Brangaene in Tristan und Isolde

“The Brangaene was very well sung, as expected, by mezzo soprano Carol sparrow, who possesses a beautiful lyric voice with great musicality.” El Nacional (Mexico City)

“Carol Sparrow was an outstanding Brangaene, full of passion.” Uno mas Uno (Mexico City)

As Maddalena in Rigoletto

“Carol Sparrow commanded attention as Maddalena, her rich mezzo enhancing the ensemble and shining in solos.” Opera News

As Musetta in La Boheme

“Carol Sparrow brought lots of vital animal spirit to the role of Musetta.” New York Times

“. . . Sparrow’s steal-the-show Musetta. Sparrow worked her magic throughout the crowded Café Momus scene, her voice powerfully projected and her movements perfectly timed with bustle.” Tampa Tribune

As Suzuki in Madame Butterfly

“But Carol Sparrow, as Suzuki was especially impressive as a singer and actress as Butterfly’s servant, Suzuki. The role is rather dry at first, but when called upon, Sparrow delivered in the dramatic final act.” Entertainment

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