Advocating innovation and culture through vocal music, Carson Dorsey is a soprano dedicated to exploring repertoire old and new, Western and Eastern. Carson made her international debut at the Mansion of the Lords of Hradec in Czech Republic, bringing American and Albanian music to Czech and Austrian audiences. This coming summer she will give a recital tour in Czech Republic and Albania focused on the works of contemporary Eastern European composers and the collaboration of multi-cultural musicians. Carson has brought this diverse and versatile voice back to her hometown in North Dallas and to other communities across the United States, performing as a featured soloist with the Frisco Community Band, Albanian American Heritage Center and the UNT in the Square Summer Concert Series. Most recently, she appeared in the Enchanted Evening Scholarship Concert in The Villages, Florida which brought in a record-breaking audience of nearly 500 patrons. In addition to her domestic and international solo engagements, Carson has performed in many operatic productions. Her most recent performance was as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with the locally founded Fillmore Studio Company in Denton, TX. She also performed the role of Second Lady in the Fillmore Studio Company’s inaugural production of The Magic Flute the year before. As a current master’s student at the University of North Texas, Carson will be in the upcoming UNT productions of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor as Ms. Silberklang and in Weill’s crossover opera, Street Scene, as the Salvation Army Girl. Carson received her undergraduate training at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio. During her time in Cleveland, she made many main stage appearances with the CIM Opera Theatre as the Second Spirit in The Magic Flute, La Pastourelle in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Sister Alice in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Ésprit in Massenet’s Cendrillon, a Bridesmaid in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and in scenes programs as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. Carson graduated with honors and was awarded the Dewey and Mary Gilley Memorial Award in Distinguished Opera Performance. She also graduated with a minor in Italian Language from Case Western Reserve University. Carson is currently based in the DFW metroplex where she maintains a private studio of about 45 students. She is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Texas and continues working to bring classical music, new music and foreign culture to her community.
- BRIAN HINKLE
- Kelly Shipe