Mezzo-Soprano Carol Sparrow has appeared to critical and popular acclaim as 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, as well as 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.
Recently she debuted the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Opera Memphis to critical acclaim. The Commercial Appeal stated that vocally she was “simply stunning, a match up with Turiddu, husband Randolph Locke, of color, strength, and emotion.” She returned there to make her highly successful role debut as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore of which the Commercial Appeal said “Carol Sparrow as the spurned gypsy Azucena delivered music that blended fine tonal quality with seriousness of character.”
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. Other mezzo-soprano roles include Suzuki, Nicklausse, Maddalena, Flora, and Fenena.
Her 2009 season began with her highly acclaimed portrayal of Despina in Opera Memphis’ production of Cosi fan tutte set in the 1920’s. With these performances, she has professionally performed all three female characters in the Mozart comedy. Her season continues with many concerts across the country.
In other recent performances, Ms. Sparrow has performed Musetta in La Boheme with Opera Memphis, as well as roles in the company’s 2008 productions of Macbeth and La traviata. She also sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Columbus and Mary in Die fliegende Hollander with Hawaii Opera Theater.
On the concert stage, she has appeared numerous times across the country with husband Randolph Locke, tenor, including touring the United States with New York’s Community Concerts Association.