Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock is quickly gaining momentous acclaim as a fresh and vibrant interpreter of Carmen. Her richly hued voice, commanding presence, alluring body language, and sharply honed acting skills give her performances startling poignancy and depth, making her a sought after figure on the operatic scene.
The 2012-2013 season finds Ms. Babcock as Maddalena in Rigoletto (Saratoga Opera) and making her return to Florentine Opera for the title role in Carmen. She also will join Syracuse Opera as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Ms. Babcock started her 2010-2011 season in Rigoletto as Maddalena with Virginia Opera, followed by the title role in Carmen with Opera Naples, Nashville Opera and the Buck Hill Festival, Jo in Little Women (Utah Opera), and 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Spoleto Festival, USA). This past summer marked her debut with Opera New Jersey as the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul where the Star Ledger noted that, “…Babcock stood out with a radiant Mezzo-Soprano and a fittingly tart sense of humor.”
Her engagements for 2009-2010 included Rigoletto with Nashville Opera, Florentine Opera and Tulsa Opera, as well as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Shreveport Opera), and Carmen (Wichita Grand Opera). Ms. Babcock also made her European debut in Carmen with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2010.
Engagements for the 2008 season included Carmen (San Antonio Opera) where the SACurrent said, “Babcock’s voice is sultry and pillowy…she screamed sex”, Maddalena (Toledo Opera), and the World Premier of the one woman show,“Lily; her life, his music” at Dicapo Opera. Ms. Babcock also sang Dorabella in Così Fan Tutte (Opera Idaho), Jo in Little Women (“Artist of the Year” award, Syracuse Opera), Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Utah Festival Opera), and Carmen in Carmen (Utah Festival Opera). Ms. Babcock also appeared as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Lyric Opera of San Diego), The Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Opera Pacific), Flora in La Traviata (Cincinnati Opera) and the title role in Carmen with both Toledo Opera and Intermountain Opera.
In the 2006-2007 season Ms. Babcock was featured in a televised concert series with world-renowned singer, Regina Resnik. Other season highlights include the title role in the New York Premier of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin (Dicapo Opera), Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen (Opera on the James), and Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (Utah Festival Opera). Ms. Babcock has also performed with New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and The New World Symphony. Ms. Babcock is equally noteworthy in her symphonic concert and recital engagements, which have included Verdi’s Requiem (Charleston Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony), Bethoven’s 9th Symphony (Eugene Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica), “Viva Verdi!” (Mobile Opera), “Murder and other Operatic Mayhem” (National Symphony Orchestra), and “Where the Boys Are” with musical director, Steve Blier.
Ms. Babcock is a winner of the George London Award, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation award, and an Opera Index Encouragement Award. She was also a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist two years in a row. She was a first place winner in the Friday Morning Music Club Washington International Voice Competition and placed in the Florida Grand YPO Voice Competition, Palm Beach Opera Voice Competition, and the Liederkranz Foundation Scholarship Award.
Recording under the name Aviva, Ms. Babcock has released her Debut Album with Global Perspective Records called Songs for Carmen, and tours concert halls and clubs around the US with Flamenco Guitarist Dan Nadel in a concert called, “Beyond Carmen”. www.aviva-music.com