Carla Wesby is maintaining a busy schedule as a soloist and choral singer in New York City. Her 2015-2016 season has included singing soprano solos in “Messiah” with Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus and Wagner College Choir and Orchestra, touring with Mark Morris Dance Group in the 16 voice ensemble of “Dido and Aeneas”, and performing on the Vox Novus Composers Series, among others. Last season she was heard in the extra chorus of “Die Meistersinger” at the Metropolitan Opera, as Rusalka in a scenes program with EnCanta Collective, and as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” with Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus, to name a few. In June of 2014, she sang the role of 2nd Fairy with New York City Ballet in Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a role she had previously covered in June of 2012.
Carla attended Valparaiso University for her undergraduate studies, and Manhattan School of Music for her graduate degree. While at MSM she performed frequently with the Baroque Aria Ensemble. She also co-founded the One Act Opera Company and performed the role of Five-Year-Old in Milton Granger's "The Proposal". Since receiving her Masters degree, she has been auditioning and working as a freelance soprano. Highlights include Papagena in "Die Zauberflote", Barbarina in "Le Nozze di Figaro", and Eve in Haydn's "Creation" with One World Symphony, and making her Avery Fisher Hall debut as Jungfrau in Hiller's "The Destruction of Jerusalem" with American Symphony Orchestra and her Carnegie Hall debut as Francisca in "West Side Story" with New York Philharmonic. Other favorite NYC performances include ensemble/servant in "My Fair Lady" with NY Philharmonic (with Kelsey Grammar and Kelli O'Hara in the leading roles), Pilate's Wife and ensemble in BAM's staged, memorized production of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion", singing backup with Chinese pop star Song Zuying at Radio City Music Hall, and collaborating with Paul McCartney on his oratorio "Ecce cor meum".Carla has been a soloist with Mineola Choral Society, Canterbury Choral Society, Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus, Big Apple Baroque, Staten Island Symphony, Westchester Chorale, and National Chorale. She was in the chorus at New York City Opera for "Esther", "Madama Butterfly", "Moses in Egypt", and "Anna Nicole".
Carla is a founding member of Opera Collective, a group devoted to making opera more accessible, partly by performing in the Music Under New York program. She is also in her 10th season as a cantor and section leader at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which has afforded her the opportunity to sing for Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and for hundreds of people at their masses, concerts, and on the radio and television. Both of her parents are composers, and she has premiered various works of theirs over the last decade. She can be heard on Alice Parker’s recordings of “The Family Reunion”, “Listen, Lord”, and “Singers Glen”. This summer she will return to Bard Summerscape to perform in Mascagni’s “Iris”., having previously sung in the choruses of "Euryanthe", "Oresteia", "Le Roi Malgre Lui", "Der Ferne Klang", and "Les Huguenots".