Carmen A. Balthrop
Professor, Voice Voice/Opera Division
B.M., University of Maryland; M.M., Catholic University
Carmen Balthrop made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. With a repertoire ranging from Baroque opera and song to contemporary literature, she has performed leading roles with some of the world's major opera companies and symphony orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Canadian Opera, Deutsche Oper (Berlin), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony.
While her international appearances have taken her to concert halls in Austria, Amsterdam, the Bahamas, China, Mexico and Russia, in the United States Ms. Balthrop has performed recitals in the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. On Christmas Day (2000) NPR chose to air the live performance of her Christmas art song recital which was performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Ms. Balthrop's discography, found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Elan, New World, and Fonit Cetra labels, includes the title roles of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, Claudio Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, John Knowles Paine's Mass and Leslie Burrs Vanqui. Ms. Balthrop is scheduled to release her CD entitled Art and Tradition of Christmas in the fall of 2003.
Professor of Voice at the University of Maryland School of Music, Ms. Balthrop is also a member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.