“Chief honours went to Carleen Ebbs’s Susanna, with a voice and histrionic talent that seemed designed for the role...hers was the kind of performance that automatically brought a smile to the face.”
Le Nozze di Figaro, Festival Opera New Zealand, (Lindis Taylor Middle C)
London based, New Zealand born Soprano Carleen Ebbs was a London Handel Singing competition finalist, a Britten Pears Young Artist and has worked with companies including Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, The London Handel Festival, The National Theatre, Birmingham Opera, Festival Opera (New Zealand) and Celebrate Voice among others.
Recent operatic roles include, Adele Die Fledermaus (WNO); Zerlina (Celebrate Voice UK) Susanna Figaro, Frasquita (Festival Opera NZ); cover Alyeya From the House of the Dead (WNO); Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor, Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea, Gilda Rigoletto (Bauge); swing Katharina Cavaliere (Amadeus The National Theatre) cover Masha Queen of Spades (ENO); Morgana Alcina Grimeborn Festival; Callisto (Days Bay New Zealand); Belinda Dido (Opera in Space). Carleen has made numerous appearances as a concert and oratorio soloist across the UK and New Zealand. Repertoire includes Brahms Requiem; Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass, 1st and 2nd Soprano roles in Mass in C Minor; Handel Gloria, Messiah, Dixit Dominus; Faure Requiem; Haydn’s Creation, Nelson Mass; Jenkins Requiem; Carl Orff Carmina Burana; Schubert Mass in G; Vivaldi Gloria, and Mendelssohn Lauda Sion and Elijah.
Carleen has appeared in the London Handel Festival, on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and is grateful for generous support of her training from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation. She has also performed at the request of the New Zealand High Commission and NZ Embassy in Belgium for numerous WW1 Commemoration Services in Flanders and France.
Carleen studied at Victoria University of Wellington with Emily Mair, gained an MMus with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama London and also trained at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice working with Dennis O’Neill, Dame Josephine Barstowe, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Bonynge, Phillip Thomas and continues lessons with Neil Baker in London.