Carole Farley has become one of the most sought after singers of her generation. She is a principal singer at the Metropolitan Opera, where she made her debut in 1977 in the demanding role of Alban Berg’s “Lulu”, a role she has repeated more than 80 times in three languages: German, English and French.
Ms. Farley regularly appears in the world’s foremost opera houses, including the Chicago Lyric, New York City Opera, Cologne Opera, Zurich Opera, Dusseldorf Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Paris, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Regio Turino, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Opera de Lyon, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Opera de Nice and Teatro Communale Florence for Maggio Musicale. Her many roles include the heroines in Monterverdi’s “Poppea”, Massenet’s “Manon”, Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, Verdi’s “Traviata”, Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” and particularly operas by Strauss including “Salome”.
She has appeared with most of the leading orchestras in the U.S., such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Washington National Symphony under conductors Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaszewski, Antal Dorati, Andre Kostelanetz and Sergiu Commisiona. Her European orchestra concerts range from the B.B.C. Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Orchestre Nationale de France and the Radio Orchestras of Brussels, Paris, Turin, Cologne, Rome, The Hague, Helsinki and Barcelona, with Pierre Boulez, Jean Martinon, Gary Bertini, Nello Santi, James Levine and Sir John Pritchard.
Her recordings include Beethoven’s “Symphony No.9” with Antal Dorati and the Royal Philharmonic. “And Vienna Dances” with Andre Kostelanetz, Tchaikovsky “Opera Arias” under Jose Serebrier for RCA Records, Strauss’ “Guntram” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Pritchard, Marschner’s “Der Vampyr” with RAI Rome Orchestra and scenes from Strauss’ “Daphne” and “Capriccio”.
Caole Farley starred in the acclaimed production of “The Merry Widow” over 50 times in Paris, and her Lyubimov-staged “Lulu” for Teatro Regio in Turnin was awarded the famed Abbiati prize for the best production of an opera in Italy in 1983.