Audrey Babcock is an award-winning mezzo-soprano who has garnered acclaim for her commanding, powerful performances as Carmen over the last 13 years and counting. As Carmen, Ms. Babcock made her French debut with the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer and has performed the role with Florentine Opera, Nashville Opera, Florida Grand Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera Delaware, Toldeo Opera, and Utah Festival Opera where The Salt Lake Tribune wrote, “Audrey Babcock’s performance as Carmen was a spellbinding tour de force…from the moment she took the stage her self-assured characterization was mesmerizing …Babcock’s caramel-hued mezzo was a pleasure…her supple tones caressed the notes, radiating earthy allure.”
Widely recognized as a choice singer for new works, Ms. Babcock has premiered several new operas including Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin (NY Premier – Dicapo Opera), With Blood, With Ink (World Premier – Fort Worth Opera), La Reina (American Lyric Theater, NYC), The Poe Project (American Lyric Theater, NYC), and as the Mother in Winter’s Tale with Beth Morrison Projects and the Prototype Festival in NYC in 2015.
Musical Theater roles include Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha with Shreveport Opera, Lyric Opera of San Diego and Utah Festival Opera, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Wolf Trap Opera) and Woman #2 in Stephen Sondheim’s Side by Side (Duluth Festival).
Ms. Babcock is also deeply involved in the production of new dramatic and musical works of her own creation. Lily; her life, his music, a one-woman fictional melodrama about a the escape of an underground cabaret singer named Lily Weiss from Nazi Germany through the music of Kurt Weill; which had its Off-Broadway premier in NYC in 2008. Her debut album called, Songs for Carmen, a collection of works sung in Ladino and Arabic, surrounded by middle eastern ensemble and electronica, inspired by the character Carmen. As well as two shows currently in the works to be premiered in 2016 and 2017 in Los Angeles, stay tuned!
As a teacher and coach, Ms Babcock has worked with Young Artists all over the globe for the last 10 years. From Opera to Broadway, World Music to Jazz. She has also worked with actors and public speakers to bring out the full range of what they can possibly convey through the voice. She uses a technique firmly rooted in the classic teachings of Bel Canto, but as is evident with her own musical choices, gives singers the tools to use their instrument in a satisfying, powerful, and healthy manner, across the board in any style they choose. One of her larger goals for her singers is giving vocal life to the entire being. The voice is in the body, the entire body must be utilized in the performance of this incredible instrument. She says, “Just because we learn to sing doesn’t make us an artist, what makes an artist is conveying a message, a feeling, an emotional and aural resonance to an audience. Our voice must live within this larger instrument of our bodies, and we have to learn how to project with all of it.”
Ms. Babcock is the recipient of a number of awards including “Artist of the Year” for her portrayal of Jo in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Syracuse Opera), the George London Award, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation award, and the Opera Index and Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award. She was also a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist two years in a row, 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 in the Liederkranz Foundation Scholarship Award.