Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Grönlund's performances are marked by her “beautiful” and “lustrous” voice (Eugene Register-Guard and Portland Oregonian ) and thoughtful portrayals.

Recent engagements include performances with Nashville Symphony, Toledo Opera, Eugene Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Connecticut Grand Opera, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and with the Colorado String Quartet. Ms. Grönlund sang the title role in Vivaldi's Il Giustino in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with The Little Orchestra Society of New York.

This Seattle native has appeared frequently with the premier music organizations of the Pacific Northwest. She sang in Portland Opera's productions of The Magic Flute, Faust, and Romeo et Juliette and with the Oregon Symphony in an excerpt of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Murry Sidlin. Performances with Maestro Gerard Schwarz included Erste Magd in Elektra with Seattle Opera and Messiah, Die Fledermaus, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Seattle Symphony. She has also sung with the Bellevue Philharmonic, the Yakima Symphony, Anchorage Opera, and Washington East Opera.

Ms. Grönlund has a special love of contemporary works. Highlights of her performances include Seattle Symphony's concert reading of Deems Taylor's Peter Ibbetson led by Gerard Schwarz, the role of Auntie in Tanglewood Music Center's 50th anniversary production of Peter Grimes under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, mezzo-soprano in Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light led by Marin Alsop, and David Carlson's Dreamkeepers with Tulsa Opera. She also served as managing director of Black Box Opera Theater from 2005 to 2006.

Upcoming engagements include Messiah with Eugene Symphony and the Mozart Requiem with the Walla Walla Symphony.

Ms. Grönlund earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in creative writing from Indiana University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and received grants to study with poets Mary Oliver and Denise Levertov. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Washington. She was an apprentice artist with Chautauqua Opera and was a vocal fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center.

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CAROLYN GRONLUND, mezzo-soprano