Caroline O’Dwyer is a young mezzo-soprano from Connecticut, with a passion for the operatic, concert, and recital stages.  Recent performances have heard Caroline as a soloist in Mozart's Requiem, with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Toshiyuki Shimada. She made her professional debut with the work as a guest soloist with the Skidmore Orchestra and Chorus in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is thrilled to  return to it again with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Greater Middletown Chorale in April 2015. 

Recent awards include First Place at both the  NATS Honor's Auditions, and the Connecticut District Level of the NATS Artist Award (NATSAA).  Last season, Caroline performed the role of Petra in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music with the Hartford Opera Theater. She was also heard as the Abbess and the Mistress of the Novices in Puccini's Suor Angelica and The Newspaper Vendor in Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tiresias, both with the Land of Enchantment Opera Institute in Gallup, New Mexico.

Caroline completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Cowdrick. While at Eastman, she was one of  six finalists in the prestigious Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. Opera credits with the Eastman Opera Theater include the title role in Handel's Orlando, as well as Hatà, in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.  In concert, Caroline  frequently performed as a mezzo soloist with the Eastman Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras:  Bach's St. Matthew Passion,  Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust.

In 2013, Caroline made her European recital debut with pianist Sonja Schönamsgruber, performing a program of mostly German Lieder to enthusiastic reviews.  The following year, she returned to present her second German lieder recital with Sonja, and baritone Ronny Rickfelder.

Caroline earned a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut, where she studied voice with Meredith Ziegler. She was the winner of the 2010 University of Connecticut Concerto Competition,  as well as a recipient of the  Fine Arts Talent Scholarship. Her musical studies have also taken her to Europe, where during nearly a year and a half in Paris, she studied voice with the American soprano Elisa Daughty, and sang with the Chamber Choir of Paris under the direction of Anne-Marie Liénard, and with the Chorus of the National Orchestra of Paris.

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