Soprano Cree Carrico (she/her) is “a notably versatile performer” and “sensational actress” who is continuously praised by critics for her “crystal clarity at the center of every note” making it “hard to watch anyone else when she’s on stage.” As a lead interpreter of 20th and 21st century works, Carrico collaborates closely with a number of composers and librettists and performs in many premières of contemporary pieces, including the New York première of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s monodrama At the Statue of Venus. Since then, Carrico has sang Lisa in Little and Vavrek’s Dog Days at the Opera America New Works Forum and has also performed on Royce Vavrek and Lauren Worsham’s 21st century downtown salon, The Coterie. Additionally, during BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Cree appeared on both nights of Beth Morrison’s 21c Liederabend, op. 3, singing Julian Wachner’s Come My Dark Eyed One, and sang the world première of Marie Incontrera and Royce Vavrek’s Albert, Bound or Unbound. In the 2023-2024 season, Carrico’s operatic engagements include Musetta in Intermountain Bozeman Opera’s La bohème and On Site Opera’s production of Song of the Nightingale, in the roles of Frog and Mechanical Nightingale. Last season, Ms. Carrico performed the role of Norina in Don Pasquale with Piedmont Opera, as well as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls with Charlottesville Opera. In concert, she performed Cunegonde in Candide with Rapides Symphony Orchestra, featured in concerts with Finger Lakes Opera and Missouri Festival of the Arts, and premiered a new work, Sleeping and Waking by composer Blake Allen, which she recorded in the summer of 2023.