Praised for her vivid portrayals as well as for her expressive voice, Franco-American soprano Valérie MacCarthy has found success and critical acclaim in a wide range of genres, from Verismo opera to contemporary works.
She recently made her Théâtre du Châtelet debut when she stepped in at the last minute to sing the role of Mrs. Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. She has sung roles in a number of modern operas such as Ravel’s L’heure espagnole at the Tanglewood Music Center as well as Lost Highway (an adaptation of the David Lynch movie) at the English National Opera. In 2014 MacCarthy will perform the role of Magda Sorel in The Consul at the Théâtre de Herblay.
MacCarthy has performed on Broadway, as Musetta in Baz Luhrman’s acclaimed production of La Bohème. She also created and performed a one-woman show, Off The Hook, which showcased her interpretations of Menotti’s The Telephone and Poulenc’s La Voix humaine. The work received its premiere at New York’s Alliance Français, and she subsequently presented the piece with the Charlemagne Chamber Orchestra in Brussels.
Equally at home in the concert hall, she has sung with many prestigious festivals and orchestras, including the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, the Holland Park Festival (London), the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Pasadena Symphony, and Opéra Française de New York, working with distinguished conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Andrew Litton, and Jane Glover. She made her European recital debut at Amsterdam’s renowned Concertgebouw – Kleine Zaal.