Soprano Carole Schultz is charms audiences with her musicality, interpretation, and sparkling lyricism. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota where she appeared as the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, and Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo in addition to leading roles in scenes. An adventurous recitalist, Carole programs art songs ranging from standards by Hugo Wolf and Aaron Copland to full Shostakovich cycles and Rimsky-Korsakov songs.
Carole has also performed abroad with programs such as La Musica Lirica and Lingua e Canto. In her first season with La Musica Lirica in 2016, Carole appeared as Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algieri. She returned for a second summer as Musetta in La bohème.
Carole made her professional debut as Gretel in Garden of Song Opera’s 2017 production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Locally, she is a regular member of the Minnesota Opera chorus, singing in Don Pasquale and Thaïs during their 2017-2018 season, and will be appearing with them again in their 2018-2019 season in the chorus of The Italian Straw Hat.
Carole frequently appears as a concert artist, singing the soprano solos in the Faure Requiem and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes De Confessore. She also enjoys performing new concert works, creating the role of St. Ita in The Navigator by Flannery Cunningham and recording the soprano solo in Douglas Weatherhead’s Requiem. In 2017, she was selected to perform Maria Schneider’s Walking by Flashlight in a gala concert, working directly under the composer.
A strong believer in community outreach, Carole was a member of a small group of opera singers who performed under the auspices of the Twin Cities Opera Guild in 2017. She traveled to schools in the Minneapolis area and performed for students ranging from elementary to high school. In addition, Carole has also worked with the Minneapolis branch of El Sistema as a choir teacher in their after-school program.
Always a team player, Carole understands everything it takes to bring opera to life. She has worked as a member of a professional technical crew and has done hair and makeup for various shows. She is a classically trained dancer as well, and has performed extensively in this capacity. In addition, she enjoys exploring her craft as an actor and has been a member of student projects in the U of M Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.