Soprano Corrie Donovan has been praised for her warm and lyrical lines, her charming and energetic presence on stage, and for surpassing the watermark in her performances. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News described her as “another of the voices I’d be interested to hear more of.” While Corrie loves to sing classically, she has been singing all kinds of music since she was a little lass! She loves to perform in many genres including musical theater, jazz, folk, celtic, country, pop and much more. For years she sang with jazz bands, and in doing so she grew an affinity towards working with hybrid genres of music. One of Corrie’s fondest memories was growing up going over seas to Scotland, where she and her sister would perform celtic music together. She has an eclectic taste and has also recorded country music and hip hop. Corrie loves to bend and explore the colors and depths of vocal expression. This has lead her to one of her proudest accomplishments thus far, for which she is extremely grateful, and that is her acceptance onto Cirque du Soleil’s database of talent!
Most recently Corrie was an invited guest with Cirque Du Soleil for their Mexico City, Singer's workshop and will be returning for her second one at the end of the year. Previous to this, she was a guest performer in Guanajuato, Mexico, via the personal request of the former Mexican President, the Honorable Vicente Fox, where she performed a concert featuring opera, jazz, and musical theater, while being accompanied by the Centro Fox Orchestra. Corrie is elated to be returning at the end of this year for a second concert series with the Centro Fox Foundation, alongside tenor, Toni Zarattini in both Guanajuato and San Miguel, Mexico. Earlier in 2015 she was also the guest vocalist with Ensemble75, where she sailed through the 12-tone notes of Berg and the romantic waves of Schoenberg. For her second time, she starred as a guest artist with the Avant Chamber Ballet Company and members of the DSO, at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Before this she jumped on board the Holland America Maasdam Ship to do a guest performance in Brazil. In 2014, she was a soloist for the Festival of American Art Song, featuring works by Ricky Ian Gordon, where the Fort Worth Weekly described her as, “…evoking a tempestuous sound that was both polished and distinctively powerful…”. She is also incredibly honored to have been the Cliburn’s host for their first International Junior Piano Competition this past June. Previous to this, Corrie also performed as a soprano apprentice for the annual, five-week, Baroque workshop, Il Cuore Canta, in New York City. In 2007 she was a young artist in the Lieder Studio, with the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, and this past June she was honored to be the Cliburn’s official host and MC for their first, International Junior Piano Competition and Festival.
From 2011-2013 she was the resident soprano in the Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Studio. During her apprenticeship she starred as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Charito and Tisiphone in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, Echo in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, where critics painted her as “luminous”. In one of her favorite performances, Corrie starred as one of the three Sopranos in Philip Glass's provocative chamber opera, Hydrogen Jukebox, under the direction of the Metropolitan Opera Conductor Stephen Osgood, which was hailed by D Magazine as “surely this year’s most significant area operatic event”. She also covered the roles of Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Bea in Heggie's Three Decembers. Coincidentally, in 2012, she performed the role of Bea in Three Decembers with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia, under the baton of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Paul Nadler. While there she was also featured in all of the Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Showcases, which presents new works by rising American composers. In the Frontier’s concerts, she performed the role of Sister 1 in Stephen Eddin’s Why I Live at the P.O. Box, where she was congratulated for “going to town as the narrating Sister 1, smacking her lips over every syllable of the Pretty-Sweet poison she dispenses”. She also performed the roles of Queen/Tragedian in Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Lead Soprano in Matthew Peterson’s Voir Dire, Victoria Reilly in Patrick Soluri’s Embedded, and Ms. Ingram in Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre.
This year Corrie was recently seen performing opera with electronic beats, alongside producer James Talambas at Bass Hall. In addition to this she won the‘Most Promising Vocalist Award’ in the USA World Showcase Tour, singing a song by Celine Dion. She recently starred in her second production with the Lyric Theater in Jerome Moross’s, The Golden Apple, which was professionally recorded by TGA. Before which she performed in their production of Sigmund Romberg’s, Desert Song. Needless to say, she truly loves performing in many genres, and she thrives in opportunities where she can show and experiment with her vocal versatility. In 2012, Corrie received the Jennifer White Memorial Award from Shreveport’s, Singer of the Year Competition, while also being named one of the Top Ten Most Beautiful women in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth City Magazine.
Corrie has performed as a soloist with many other ensembles in the area, including the Fort Worth Hall Ensemble, the Cliburn’s, Modern at the Modern concert presenting music with and by the award-winning American composer John Bucchino, the Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Music of the Americas World Premiere Concert, and the Corpus Christi Symphony.
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