Carole Farley  

Carole Farley

Mailing Address:

     270 Riverside Drive, Apt. 9C
     New York, NY 10025
Carole Farley Serebrier
Updated: June 24, 2014

1964 Classmates!

I had been hoping to make it to this event until the very last minute...but unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for me this time...:(((

Your agenda of events looks amazing and I can't wait to see the pictures of it and all of YOU!  And to hear the stories of each of your lives and what has happened in 50 (!!!) years!!  Most of us can't remember even half of that....and we all have great stories to tell about where our lives have gone.  But hey, there's still the next 50 to go....  !!  

Please be in touch and keep me posted on all your news!

Sending all love and very best wishes for a smashing (not literally) weekend!!


Well it seems impossible that it could be 40 years!! Time goes fast when you are having a good time!

I am enclosing a pic and bio which tells some of what I have been doing. The bio is from one of my CD's. To give you an example: I have sung in about 20 countries since 2 Sept. I do lots of different things including opera, orchestral concerts, recitals, CD's, and even a couple of opera videos.

September 30th Update - Carole's Email

Carol's husband, Jose Serebrier releases a CDJosé Serebrier (Carole's Husband), winner of the 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album (for his Carmen Symphony, with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra) and a multiple Grammy nominee, leads the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in this colorful, rhapsodic repertoire. Serebrier, who worked with legendary conductors Leopold Stokowski at the American Symphony Orchestra (as his Associate Conductor) and George Szell at the Cleveland Orchestra (as Composer in Residence), has been hailed by the New York Times for the “great intensity, precision and clarity” which he brings to his music-making. Long identified with the Russian and Slavic repertoire, Serebrier has become one of the most recorded conductors of his generation, with more than 200 releases. Serebrier will next record Glazunov’s 8th Symphony and a Suite from the ballet Raymonda for Warner Classics. He also conducts the highly anticipated recording of guitar concertos performed by Sharon Isbin and the New York Philharmonic, for release by Warner Classics in January 2005.

FYI - Warner Classics proudly presents ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 55 The Seasons (ballet in one act), Op. 67 Royal Scottish National Orchestra José Serebrier, conductor IN STORES SEPTEMBER 28, 2004.

June 30th Update - Carole's Email

I would love to come back for this reunion! In fact I am coming to visit my parents in Spokane in August. But your dates are not possible for me, at least not yet. You never know in our business what can happen. ... So I will keep hoping that something will change and then I could be there for what will undoubtedly be an incredible experience.

Meantime, please send all my classmates all the best for a fantastic time, thanks to you and all your hard work!

Fondest regards,

Carole Farley

BIS-CD-1374   Lecuona  - Songs   EAN 7318590013748   TT  70'28 CAROLE FARLEY, SopranoCarole's still busy!

Update: May 15, 2004

New CD release: 24 May 2004

BIS-CD-1374 "A LONG NIGHT LIKE THIS" - Lecuona - Love Songs EAN 7318590013748 TT 70'28 CAROLE FARLEY, Soprano; ; John Constable, piano


Carol FarleyCarole Farley, American Sopranomerican soprano Carole Farley has become one of the most sought-after singers of her generation. At age 19, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Lulu, a role she has repeated more than 100 times in four languages (German, English, French and Italian), including the first European production in Zurich, the first Canadian production (with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto), the first production in England (with the Welsh National Opera), and the first Metropolitan Opera production.

In recent seasons Carole Farley performed the role of Emilia Marty in Janacek's Makrapolous Case in Strasbourg and her first Kaiserin in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten in Palermo. She made a triumphant return to the Met as Katerina Ismailova in its new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. She performed Strauss'Four Last Songs with the Czech State Philharmonic in Brno and recorded them for RCA/BMG; Berg's Seven Early Songs and the Mahler 4th in Spain and in Toulouse with the Orchestre du Capitol; Marie in Wozzeck for Toulouse Opera and Opera de Nice, La Voix Humaine and Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins at the Helsinki Festival in Finland, before embarking on a South American tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra singing Britten's Les Illuminations.

To celebrate the current Kurt Weill centennial she sang a series of concerts with the Bamberger Symphoniker and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a recital in Miami in which she traced the steps of his musical journey from Berlin to Broadway to Hollywood. She also concertized with the orchestras of SWR of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Lyon, BBC, Stockholm, Spokane, and the ABC Orchestras of Australia in evenings of Grieg, Richard and Johann Strauss, Berlioz, Henze, and Wagner.

Other recent highlights included her first performances of Britten's War Requiem in San Sebastian, Spain and with the Florida Symphony, and Schoenberg's Gurrelieder at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as well as Beethoven's 9th and Ah, Perfido! with the Hague Residenze Orchestra and Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Bermuda Festival. In addition to extensive concert tours in Lyon, Lille, Toulouse and Grenoble, she sang Weill's opera The Protagonist with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and made a new Kurt Weill CD for ASV with the Rheinische Philharmonie, including the world premiere recording of Der Neue Orpheus. Other recent triumphs include Marcel Landowski's Montsegur at l'Opera de Marseille, Puccini's Tosca at Stockholm and the American premiere of Marc Neikrug's Los Alamos at the Aspen Festival. In 1998, she won the coveted Grand Prix du Disque for her CD of Aubert Lemeland's Omaha.

Carole Farley has been a guest of the world's foremost theatres, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera, Oper der Stadt Koln, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Paris' Chatelet, Caracas, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Paris, Torino, Palermo, Lyon, Brussels, Nice and Florence. Her varied repertoire includes Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Massenet's Manon, Mozart's Idomeneo, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.

Particular highlights in her career include over 75 performances of the acclaimed Paris production of The Merry Widow and the Lyubimov-staged Lulu for Torino which was awarded the Abbiati Prize for best production of an opera in Italy. She has claimed the role of Jenny in Mahagonny as her own following huge successes at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. The opera had to be repeated the following season at the Luna Park stadium in Buenos Aires. Her performances of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Menotti's The Telephone have been filmed for Decca Laserdisc and VHS in co-production with the BBC.

Her orchestral appearances have included most of the leading orchestras in the US such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the National Symphony under conductors Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaszewski, Antal Dorati, Andre Kostelanetz, Andrew Davis and Sergiu Comissiona. Her European orchestra concerts range from the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Concertgebouw, Bamberger Symphoniker, Dusseldorf Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Radio Orchestras of Brussels, Paris, Torino, Cologne, Rome, the Hague, Helsinki and Barcelona with James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Jean Martinon, Gary Bertini, Nello Santi, Sir John Pritchard, Lorin Maazel, Edward Downes, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andrew Davis, Lawrence Foster, Jose Serebrier, Oliver Knussen, John Fiore and Ferdinand Leitner.

Carole Farley can be heard on several notable recordings: the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic under Antal Dorati for Deutsche Grammophone, And Vienna Dances for CBS under Kostelanetz, Tchaikovsky Opera Arias for RCA, Guntram on BBC, Marschner's Der Vampyr on Foni-Cetra with the RAI Rome Orchestra, and, on Chandos Records La Voix Humaine, and Strauss' Final Scenes from Daphne and Capriccio. Her recording French Songs with Orchestra, the first in a series on ASV Records, received the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. Performed with the RTBF Orchestra of Belgium and conducted by Serebrier, it contains works of Chausson, Faure, Satie and Duparc. The second disc in the series contains world premiere recordings of songs by Debussy and Satie. Additional ASV discs include two world premiere recording of Prokofiev's The Ugly Duckling and albums of Prokofiev songs. Adding to her catalogue are two CD's of Prokofiev Songs (one on Chandos, the other on ASV), recordings of Kurt Weill songs, Milhaud songs, Britten's Les Illuminations (with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Tchaikovsky Soprano Arias on IMP Masters with the Melbourne and Sicilian Symphony Orchestras. Her CD on RCA/BMG of Richard Strauss orchestral songs, including the Four Last Songs with the Czech State Philharmonic was released in 1997 accompanied by her ASV release of Kurt Weill music with the Rheinische Philharmonie.

Her most recent recordings are the highly acclaimed Carole Farley Sings Grieg and Carole Farley Sings Delius on Dinemec/Koch with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra and the 2001 release of Naxos' Ned Rorem Songs recorded in Nantucket with the composer accompanying her at the piano. VAI International is currently re-releasing the French recordings including the Milhaud songs and the French Songs with Orchestra of Chausson, Debussy and Satie. Upcoming recording plans include Naxos' Songs of Charles Ives, a CD of songs by American composer William Bolcom with the composer at the piano, and The Songs of Ernesto Lecuona for the BIS label.

February 2003


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