Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, lyric soprano Carrie Hennessey is a powerful, talented artist. She’s been described as being “as gripping an actress as she is a singer” with “vivid stage presence”.
Ms. Hennessey’s embodiment of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmeline earned her a nomination in the 2010 Bay Area Broadway World Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local). She brought “exquisite vocal purity and range to the title role” and was “nothing short of sensational”. With West Bay Opera as Mimì (La Bohème) , she was said to be “..possessed of a full, powerful lyric soprano, which delivers Puccini’s arias and duets richly". Her “Mi chiamano Mimì” (Yes, they call me Mimì) in Act 1 is gorgeous". On only one day’s notice, Ms. Hennessey made her debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, to great acclaim.
2011/2012 engagements include her New York City debut as Elle in Poulenc’s one woman opera La Voix Humaine, her European debut appearing at the International Mahler Festival in Prague, Vaughn Williams Song of Thanksgiving with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the Mozart Mass in C minor, Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, and the rarely performed Dvorak Requiem. Ms. Hennessey will perform several concert and recital engagements as well as Master Class appearances for both choral and solo singers. In the 2010/2011 season, Ms. Hennessey debuted as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. She performed the soprano solo in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Grand Rapids Symphony and with the Pacific Symphony in Handel’s Messiah. With the Oakland East Bay Symphony in the Brahms Requiem, Hennessey brought “bright tone and elegant legato”. She has also appeared with Townsend Opera Players as Hanna (The Merry Widow), and with Sacramento Opera as Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Edith in (Pirates of Penzance), as soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella at the Mendocino Music Festival and with members of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos.
Hailed by Opera News Magazine as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” and as "a triumph" by the San Francisco Chronicle, baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Rio de Janeiro at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen.
Subsequent roles have included the title roles in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande as well as Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and most recently Tonio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci.
Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 68 different operatic roles ranging from the Baroque Period to World Premiers, with such companies as the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,) Opera du Villecroze (France,) Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Center City Opera, Teatro Barakaldo Spain,) West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Fremont Opera, Rimrock Opera, Festival Opera/Walnut Creek, Oakland Opera Theater, Teatro São Pedro (Brazil,) Palácio das Artes (Brazil,) Belcantanti Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Abilene Opera and the Opera Festivals of Belem and Manaus in Brazil.
In June of 2010, Mr. Vieira had the honor of making his San Francisco Opera debut in the role of Happy inPuccini's La Fanciulla del West, being the very first male Brazilian singer ever to perform with that company. In the Fall of 2011 Mr. Vieira returned to the San Francisco Opera stage in the role of Gubetta in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Renee Fleming in the title role, where he was favorably mentioned in virtually every published review of the production.
Mr. Vieira is a world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, a recipient of the Margareth Tudor Award (Princeton) for two consecutive years and the Kaplan Foundation Award (Kansas City) for outstanding artistry. He was also awarded Second Place on the East Bay Opera League Voice Competition in 2006 and was a semi-finalist of the Competizione d'Opera in Dresden - Germany in 2008.
In the concert and oratorio fields, Mr. Vieira has performed the baritone solo parts in Handel’s Messiah with the Rutherford’s Symphony in Vermont, Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre du Provence in Villecroze (France,) Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony in Bogotá (Colombia,) the Marin Symphony in California and the Amazonas Philharmonic in Manaus (Brazil.) He has also performed Mozart's Requiem with the Silicon Valley Symphony as well as Mozart's C minor Mass and Saint-Saens's Christmas Oratorio with the Master Works Chorale in Redwood City - California.
Mr. Vieira holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton - New Jersey, and a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
While in Kansas City, Mr. Vieira was a member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artists Program, singing over 12 different productions with that company.