Soprano Carla Janzen is a young artist poised to create an exciting career. Most recently, she appeared with the Aspen Opera Theater Center as the Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Jane Glover conducting. According to Opera News, Ms. Janzen “…invested [her] words with weight and feeling and effectively drew in the listener…with her measured, affecting style.” In 2007, her love of contemporary music led to her to a performance in a workshop of a new opera, California Fictions by Mason Bates where she originated the role of Victoria. Ms. Janzen has spent the past four summers with the Aspen Music Festival where she has been featured in scenes from Susannah, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Marriage of Figaro, Faust and I Pagliacci. Another recent highlight was her appearance alongside acclaimed author and radio personality Garrison Keillor as “The Opera Singer” in the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre’s reading of Studs Turkel’s book Will the Circle Be Unbroken in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

A graduate of Chicago Opera Theatre’s Young Artist Program, Ms. Janzen’s repertoire includes Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Donna Giacinta in Mozart’s La Finta Semplice, and the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Incornazione di Poppea. A signature role is Fiordiligi, which she has performed with Intermezzo Young Artists Development Program and Opera in the Ozarks, and covered at Chicago Opera Theatre. While at COT, she also covered the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia.

Ms. Janzen has been heard in concert with Chicago’s Accessible Contemporary Ensemble singing George Crumb’s Madrigal’s: Book I, with the Aspen Music Festival in Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras, and also as a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the beautiful Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughn-Williams. Ms. Janzen has also been seen as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and in concerts of opera and operetta excerpts throughout the US and Germany. In 2007 she was chosen as a winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and was featured in concert with Maestro Lawrence Renes and the Aspen Sinfonia. She is also a two time central regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Ms. Janzen earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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