Carleen Ebbs is a young lyric coloratura soprano from New Zealand who has recently completed a Masters of Vocal Studies with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Professor Ameral Gunson.
Born in Motueka and later a Hawkes Bay resident, she grew up in a family of musicians where she learned piano and dance, and sang with the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir before doing a Masters of Music at Victoria University of Wellington.
In New Zealand she was a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus and presented solo recitals of German lieder and operatic arias on two separate tours of concert venues and wineries. She also performed the roles of Barbarina, Frasquita and The 1st Lady for Opera Victoria.
More recently she has performed with Opera de Bauge, France, in Mozart's Idomeneo, Glucks' Orfeo et Euridice, and Don Pasquale by Donizetti as well as covering the Queen of the Night for the Guildhall's Opera School production of Die Zauberflöte, and performing excerpts featuring Lady Penelope (Britten's Gloriana), Susanna (le nozze di Figaro), Semiramide, Despina, Blonda, Norina, Frasquita, Pamina and Adina. While at The Guildhall Carleen participated in Masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby, Anthony Legge, and Yvonne Kenny and was also fortunate to receive a private coaching session with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
On the concert platform she has performed soprano solos in Mendelssohn's Elijah and Lauda Sion, Schubert's Mass in G, the Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria and Judas Maccabaeus with choirs in New Zealand, England and Wales.
Recent highlights include the role of Aloyisha Weber in a new play about Mozart for Montmirral Productions, and performing as a soloist in the Elizabeth Maconchy Centennary Festival. Carleen regularly gives concerts at St Olave's Church in Central London and has designed and performed in corporate concerts at St George's Hanover Square. She recently performed in a concert of Mozart arias and ensembles for Edenbridge Arts Trust Kent with an ensemble from Garden Opera.
Carleen was the 2006 Victoria University Bank of New Zealand Post Graduate Scholar, the recipient of a 2007 TUMU Merchants Excellence Award and a finalist in the 2008 Thelma King Award. Having completed her recent course of study, she continues to learn privately in London with John Evans. She is a regular Soprano at London's Bel Canto Opera Venue and performs as a soloist and with her opera quartet for private and corporate functions. Carleen is currently working to take up a rare study opportunity with Dennis O’Neill at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice from September 2009.