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Carol Sparrow

Phone: (941) 545-7021
Office: Music Modular 8B

Carol Sparrow, Adjunct Professor of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music, teaches courses in Applied Voice and Opera Workshop. As an international opera singer, mezzo soprano Carol Sparrow has appeared to critical and popular acclaim in the roles of Princess Eboli in Verdi's Don Carlo at the Komische Oper, Berlin, and in St. Gallen, Switzerland, as well as in the title role in Carmen in St. Gallen and many other cities such as Columbus, Greensboro, Chautauqua, Augusta, Buffalo, Virginia, El Paso, Triangle Opera, including with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As Eboli, the Berliner Kurier reported: "Only Princess Eboli, brilliant mezzo soprano Carol Sparrow, lent energy and power to the evening," and the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung stated: "Eboli, full of temperament and sung in superior style by Carol Sparrow, took over." Critics for Opera News described her portrayal of Carmen by saying, "In the title role, Carol Sparrow moved with feline grace and provocative languor, singing with rich, firm tone and secure control."

As a featured artist with the New York City Opera, Sparrow sang over 15 leading and supporting roles, appearing in several national telecasts of "Live from Lincoln Center" on PBS, and earning a Stanley Tausend Award for outstanding performance. She also performed leading roles with the Washington Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera where she created the role of Miranda in Lee Hoiby's The Tempest. She was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera for Die Walküre and Elektra, and at the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, she has performed Brangaene in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and The Kompanist in Ariadne auf Naxos. On the concert stage, she has sung with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Mexico, Connecticut Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Chorale Society, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra, among others.

A native of North Carolina, Miss Sparrow earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sparrow is President and Cofounder (along with her husband) of OASIS (Opera for Animals: Singing Is Saving), a charitable nonprofit organization that is in its tenth year of raising funds for animal welfare groups by giving concerts or other musical events using musicians' donated talents, having raised over $350,000 for animal welfare.

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