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Carole Farley

Biography

Born: November 29, 1946; Le Mars, IA  
American soprano Carole Farley has sung operatic roles such as Mimì, Cio-Cio San, Tosca, Kundry, Violetta, and Constanze, but because she has specialized in operas outside the standard repertoire, particularly twentieth century works, and is deeply committed to living composers, as well as to relatively obscure composers of the recent past, she is not widely known to traditional opera audiences.

Farley received her training from Indiana
Read more University and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule für Musik, Munich. She made her recital debut at New York's Town Hall in 1969. At the Metropolitan Opera, Farley made her debut as Mimì in 1975, and went on to sing Lulu in 1977, and the Met's premiere of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in 1994. Lulu was a signature role of hers and she sang it over 100 times, in four languages, including the British premiere at the Welsh National Opera in 1971. She also gave over 100 performances of Salome. During the last quarter of the twentieth century she sang at the New York City Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Canadian Opera, and Théâtre de la Monnaie, as well as the houses of Brussels, Lyon, Zürich, Cologne, Florence, and Turin, among others.

She has devoted much of her career to newer music and has sung works of Janácek, Schoenberg, Weill, Britten, Rorem, Bernstein, and Bolcom. She is also committed to lesser known composers, such as Ernesto Lecuona, Aubert Lemeland, and conductor José Serebrier, to whom she is married. Her recordings include works by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Delius, Milhaud, Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss. One of her most popular releases is a video of two one-act operas, Poulenc's La voix humaine and Menotti's The Telephone. Read less
American Classics - Rorem: Selected Songs / Carole Farley
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559084   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Bolcom: Songs / Farley, Bolcom
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559249   Number of Discs: 1
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Milhaud: Alissa, L'amour Chante, Poemes Juifs / Carole Farley
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572298   Number of Discs: 1
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Browse 1-19 of 19 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Lemeland & L'amerique
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 311456 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aubert Lemeland,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Marie-Annick Nicolas,  Carole Farley,  Jean-Pierre Ferey
    Conductor:  Marc Tardue,  Emmanuel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
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  • 2.
    Lecuona: Piano Music, Songs / Tirino, Farley
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1854 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
    Performer:  Thomas Tirino,  Elizabeth Henreckson-Farnum,  Katie Geissinger,  Alexandra Montano  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bartos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Silesian Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 3.
    Jose Serebrier Conducts Ned Rorem - The Art Of Sound
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8505229 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ned Rorem
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Ned Rorem,  Simon Mulligan,  Wenn-Sinn Yang  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 3104 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aubert Lemeland
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Sabine Chefson
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Marc Tardue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
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    Milhaud: Alissa, L'amour Chante, Poemes Juifs / Carole Farley
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572298 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  John Constable,  Carole Farley
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    Strauss: Final Scenes From Capriccio & Daphne / Serebrier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8364 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTBF Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Arr. L. Stokowski) / Serebrier: Symphony No. 3 - Symphonie Mystique
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 211030 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  José Serebrier,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra Of Spain
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  • 8.
    Classic American Love Songs - Arlen, Gershwin, Weill, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559314 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  George Gershwin,  Arthur Schwartz,  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  John Constable
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  • 9.
    Poulenc: La Voix Humaine; Menotti: The Telephone / Farley
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4374 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Russel Smythe
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Tango In Blue - Stravinsky, Etc / Serebrier, Farley, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1175 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Samuel Barber,  Astor Piazzolla,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Molly Judson,  Enrique Telleria,  Damian Martinez
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    American Classics - Bolcom: Songs / Farley, Bolcom
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559249 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  William Bolcom
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  • 12.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aubert Lemeland
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey,  Carole Farley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
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  • 13.
    Ernesto Lecuona: Songs / Carole Farley
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1374 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  John Constable
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    American Classics - Serebrier: Symphony No 3, Etc /Serebrier
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559183 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Sandrine Tilly,  Laurent Le Chenadec,  Carole Farley
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
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  • 15.
    American Classics - Explore America Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559187 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Florence Beatrice Price,  John Philip Sousa,  Charles Ives,  Michael Torke  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Corley,  Darryl Taylor,  Colin Currie,  William Bolcom  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Brion,  James Sinclair,  Marin Alsop,  William T. Stromberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band,  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    American Classics - Rorem: Selected Songs / Carole Farley
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559084 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  Ned Rorem
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  • 17.
    Music Of José Serebrier - Six On Tv, Etc / Serebrier, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier
    Performer:  Lucas Drew,  Carole Farley,  John Mitchell,  Paul Andrews  ... 
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Festival Miami Chorus,  Festival Miami Doublebass Ensemble  ... 
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  • 18.
    Carole Farley Sings Aubert Lemeland
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 5994 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aubert Lemeland
    Performer:  Carole Farley
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  • 19.
    Barber: Souvenirs, Canzonetta;  Britten: Illuminations, Etc
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 05/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Peter Evans,  Carole Farley,  Julia Girdwood
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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