CAROLANN PAGE continues to define the true crossover artist earning critical and popular acclaim as the creator of leading roles in world premieres in both the musical theatre and operatic worlds.
On BROADWAY, Ms. Page was seen as Cunegonde in the Tony winning revival of Candide, directed by Hal Prince; Marjorie in Allegro with the Encore Series and in Music Is, directed by the legendary George Abbott. OFF BROADWAY, she recently won critical and popular acclaim creating the role of Mary Lincoln in ASYLUM: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln at the prestigious York Theatre. She also created the roles of Eleanor Roosevelt and Evelyn Lincoln in First Lady’s Suite for the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theatre, Gertrude Stein in Blood on the Dining Room Floor for the WPA at the Signature Theatre, Mother in Woof and Justine in A Mind Of It’s Own for the Young Playwright’s Festival 2000 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Sophie in The Fishkin Touch at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, and the Iowa Housewife in Menopause, The Musical at Playhouse 91. Her more than 40 NATIONAL and REGIONAL Equity shows include A Little Night Music, A Fiddler On The Roof, Mame, Street Scene, Most Happy Fella, She Loves Me, Carousel, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Odd Couple and most recently Miss Marple in A Murder Is Announced.
For the OPERA world, Ms. Page has created the roles of Pat Nixon in the Emmy and Grammy winning Nixon In China by John Adams, Celia in Floyd’s The Passion of Jonathan Wade, Mamah Cheney in Hagen’s Shining Brow and Doll in Hagen’s Vera of Las Vegas. Standard operatic repertoire includes all three heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffman, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Elvira in Don Giovanni, with opera companies including Houston, Cincinnati, Miami, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Central City, Edinburgh Festival, Netherlands Opera and the Bobigny in Paris.
A sought-after CONCERT artist, Ms. Page has performed as featured soloist with numerous orchestras including Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Milwaukee, Dallas, Honolulu as well as the London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Pittsburgh Mendelssohn Choir in repertoire which includes Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s War Requiem and Gorecki’s Symphony # 3. She has performed her own Evening of Sondheim with the Baltimore, Chautauqua, Oklahoma and Buffalo Symphonies as well as the San Francisco and Boston Pops Orchestras. Ms. Page has graced the festival stages of Marlboro, Blossom, OK Mozart, Chautauqua, Rushmore, Ambler and has been a featured guest with the prestigious DaCamera Society, An die Musik, Cape and Islands, Rushmore and Golliard ensembles.
RECORDINGS and TV: Pat Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon In China (Nonesuch), Lucas Foss’ Song of Songs (Koss Classics), Gayle in Michael Tippett’s The Ice Break (Virgin Classics), A Tribute to Sondheim Live from Carnegie Hall (BMG), Man of La Mancha with Placido Domingo (Sony Classics) and the original New York cast recordings of Candide, Menopause, The Musical, and Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln. Audiences may also have seen Ms. Page as Patty Naransky in the episode Mega on TV’s Law and Order.
Ms. Page made her New York DIRECTING debut at the prestigious Circle Rep Lab with the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ Brontosaurus based on the Lanford Wilson play. Other directing and choreographing credits include Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Gretna Theatre, Schmidt and Jones’s The Fantasticks, Neil Simon’s Rumors at the Stagecrafter’s in Philadelphia, and Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at Carnegie Mellon University. Her several productions at New York University include a contemporary rendition of Menotti’s The Telephone, Barber’s A Hand Of Bridge, Malicone’s The Face On The Barroom Floor and her own wildly funny adaptation of Kalmanoff’s The Audition.
Ms. Page was a founding FACULTY member of the Professional Musical Theatre Workshop at the Manhattan School of Music (1992-2010), and is currently on the faculty at Westminster College of the Arts. She was Adjunct Professor of Voice at New York University where she also served as Director of the Opera Theatre Workshop from 1997-2002. Ms. Page has maintained an active voice and acting studio in NYC since 1992, with students from the Broadway and Operatic fields. She has been interviewed for several editorials on the subject of the crossover artist and is quoted in the popular book Auditioning - An Actor-Friendly Guide by Joanna Merlin. She continues to give Master Classes for NATS, NOA, The Vocal Foundation in Philadelphia and Universities across the country.
Ms. Page comes from a musical FAMILY. She is the daughter of the late world renowned conductor Robert Page and Glynn Page, voice teacher Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and the mother of Broadway actor Alexander Gemignani. Her sister, Paula Page, was the principal harpist with the Houston Symphony and is on the faculty of Rice University and the University of Houston. A Metropolitan Opera finalist and finalist in the Carnegie Hall American Music Competition, Ms. Page is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and at seventeen, was honored to be one of the youngest voice majors accepted.