Carrie Cheron, mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “warm tone,” and for having “the voice of an angel,” mezzo-soprano Carrie Cheron is in high demand as a classical soloist, ensemble singer, and multi-genre contemporary vocalist and educator. She has performed as a soloist with and as an ensemble member of such esteemed groups as Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Handel + Haydn Society, The American Classical Orchestra, Lorelei Ensemble, Peregrine Consort, Arcadia Players, Newton Baroque, Exsultemus, Yale Choral Artists, and Skylark Vocal Ensemble, among others.
A regular soloist with world-renowned Boston-area music ensemble Emmanuel Music, Ms. Cheron is honored to appear this season in Emmanuel Music’s Benjamin Britten Chamber Music Festival, at which she will present “A Charm of Lullabies” with pianist Judith Gordon. She is also delighted to join Boston Baroque in their presentation of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, in which she will perform the roles of Amore and Valletto. Recent seasons have included solo performances with Emmanuel Music in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch, and numerous Bach Cantatas; an international solo debut with Skylark Ensemble at the Holy Week Festival at St. John’s, Smith Square, in London, and on the program “In Tune” with BBC Radio 3; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass; Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Dominica; Bach’s Magnificat; Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah; Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus; alto soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil; and Bach Cantatas with Atlanta’s New Trinity Baroque.
A champion of contemporary classical composition, Ms. Cheron recently starred as Doctor/Loki in Guerilla Opera’s presentation of Per Bloland’s opera Pedr Solis, and joined New Gallery Concert Series (NGCS) in Boston for the world premiere of weavery by composer Marti Epstein, written specifically for Ms. Cheron’s voice. She also recently recorded the song cycle “Alice,” by Thomas Oboe Lee, for Departed Feathers Music, and performed song cycles by Boston composer Christopher Montgomery. Also for NGCS, Ms. Cheron portrayed the role of Hillary Clinton in excerpts of composer Curtis K. Hughes’ opera Say it ain’t so, Joe.
Ms. Cheron is particularly proud to be a founding and core member of Eudaimonia, a conductorless period orchestra that uses musical performance to support the social and humanitarian work of partner organizations. Their inaugural performance supported the work of Shelter Music Boston, with which she also performs. Eudaimonia recently collaborated with the students of Longy School of Music, to present a fully-staged production of Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans, in which Ms. Cheron performed the title role.
In addition to an active classical career, Ms. Cheron is a nationally recognized performing singer/songwriter. Her original compositions and singing have been celebrated by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, NEMO Music Makers Competition, Great Waters Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. She has shared the stage with such acclaimed artists as Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Barra MacNeils, Northern Lights, David Jacobs-Strain, Anais Mitchell, and Edie Carey. Ms. Cheron is on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music. Please visit www.carriecheron.com.