Sabrina Elayne Carten, a native of New York City, began her career with the Chautauqua Symphony as the Strawberry Woman in Gershwin’s timeless masterpiece, Porgy & Bess. Ms. Carten has performed several roles in this piece with various well-known conductors in numerous theaters around the world:
Theater Des Westens in Berlin, Germany, The Caesarea Amphitheater in Israel and with The NY Harlem Productions International Italian Tour. Ms. Carten performed the role of Annie in Porgy & Bess with Houston Grand Opera under the baton of Maestro John DeMain. She made her Virginia Opera debut as Serena, with Maestro Peter Mark, and her New Orleans Opera debut as Maria as well as her New York City Opera debut as Maria in Porgy & Bess with Maestro John DeMain, in Live from Lincoln Center’s premier broadcast on PBS in March 2002.
She performed Queenie in Showboat with the Mobile Opera, followed by her portrayal of Marian Anderson in I Am Marian Anderson also at Mobile Opera.
Ms. Carten made her debut in The Crucible as Tituba with Chautauqua Opera. She then performed the same role with Mobile Opera. Ms Carten sang Mrs Noye in Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with The Rochester Oratorio Society as well as the international debut of the new cantata An Atheist Mass in Cracow, Poland.
In the National Tour of Hal Prince’s Showboat, Ms. Carten understudied and performed the role of Queenie in Los Angeles, Saint Louis, Denver and other major U.S. cities. She was invited by Maestro Julius Williams to sing the double role of Queen Ayat/Cecilia Lightfoot in Shauneille Perry’s Off Broadway revival of In Dahomey. Internationally, Ms. Carten impressed German and Swiss audiences as the featured singer of Negro Spirituals with the New York Harlem Gospel Singers. The Dance Theatre of Harlem, in a landmark presentation of their new season, featured Ms. Carten singing the sexy role of Della in their debut presentation of Johnny Mercer’s Saint Louis Woman. Ms. Carten is currently a member of the new musical One Night with Janis Joplin as The Blues Singer to critical acclaim. After a much talked about premier in Portland, OR and at
The Cleveland Playhouse shows begin in Washington DC at The Arena Stages in October 2012.