Soprano Carmen Pelton, who has been at the University of Washington School of Music since 1992, is Associate Professor of voice. In the summer she is a faculty member and performing artist at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado.
Her recent recording of Samuel Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with the Atlanta Symphony and the late Robert Shaw (Telarc) won Grammies in 1999 in three different categories, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Album.
Since coming to international attention at the Aldeburgh Festival in England where she was cast as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ms. Pelton has appeared in a wide range of works with the San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Goodman Theater in Chicago, the Smithsonian’s 20th-Century Consort, and the New York Festival of Song, as well as in a performance for the President of the United States at the Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Virgil Thomson. She was cast by Thomson in the lead role of his The Mother of Us All, which she has sung at major revivals around the United States.
Highlights of her 1998-99 season included Messiah and the Bach Magnificat with the Atlanta Symphony and Mr. Shaw; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Baltimore Symphony and Jeffrey Tate; Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Choral Arts Society of Washington; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Colorado Symphony; and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Westerly Chorus. She will make her debut with St. Louis Symphony next season in concerts both in St. Louis and Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Pelton received her education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Jan DeGaetani.