B i o g r a p h y
Carline Waugh is a Jamaican-born soprano acclaimed for her ability to mesmerize audiences. This powerful singing actor performs throughout the USA, Italy, Russia, her homeland of Jamaica and other parts of the world singing solo recitals, opera, and oratorio. She has recently appeared on the operatic and concert stage with such companies as the International Opera Theatre, Missouri Symphony, Jefferson City Symphony, the Colombia Choral Union, Wichita Grand Opera, the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Haverford Singers.
Carline has recently sung leading roles in the international Italian premiers of the operas Buffalo Soldiers, Songo Di Una Notte Di Mezza Estate, and the cantata Hilegard Von Bingen and Black Madonna. Her other recent roles include Mimí in Puccini’s La Boheme, Gretel from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Liu from Turandot, Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Valencienne from The Merry Widow, Polly from Die Dreigroschenoper, and Gianetta from The Gondoliers. Her recent concert repertoire includes Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major. She will sing Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen this season with the Atlanta-based Peach State Opera.
She earned a Bachelor of Music Performance at Atlantic Union College where she studied voice with Ms. Faith Esham and had Dr. Kaestner Robertson as her academic advisor for the degree program. She earned a Master of Music Performance at the University of Mississippi where she studied with Ms. Nancy Maria Balach. Carline went on to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University where she studied with Dr. Loraine Sims.
She has been a winner of competitions including the Monroe Symphony’s Marjorie Stricklin Vocal Competition, the Beethoven Club of Memphis Vocal Competition, Thayer Young Artist Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Competition, the Classical Singer Regional Competition, and the Young Artist Competition sponsored by the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Club of Long Island. She has recently been a finalist in the Opera Ebony Vocal Competition in New York and was a regional winner for the New York Lyric Opera Competition. Ms. Waugh has received scholarship awards from foundations including the CHASE Fund, the Music Club of Baton Rouge, and the Baton Rouge Opera Guild.
Since earning her doctorate, Ms. Waugh has lectured at Lincoln University in Missouri and Jacksonville University in Florida. She now serves Marshall University in West Virginia as Assistant Professor of Voice.