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Charlotte Daw Paulsen, mezzo-soprano,
Possesses a voice described as unusually rich and complex. She received critical acclaim in the New York Times for her performance of Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ “The real star, was Charlotte Daw Paulsen a mezzo-soprano with real contralto gravity and power in her lower register, in the Aguns Dei, her performance grew dramatic in the best sense and utterly gripping”
She is frequently invited to perform works of depth and emotional expression, such as the United States premieres of Stabat Mater, The Armed Man a Mass for Peace, and Gloria by Karl Jenkins. New York City’s’ premier of Et la vie l’emporte by Frank Martin with I Cantori; Women of Valor based on Proverbs 31 by Andrea Clearfield with Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Known as a fine interpreter of Oratorio, she was hailed for her performance in Messiah recently performed in Lincoln Center and with Houston, Syracuse, and Harrisburg Symphonies as “an intense performer, with an unusual and distinctive voice, compelling and enormous in its lower register.” Previously she performed the contralto role in Elijah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Missa Solemnis of Beethoven with Questra Sinfonica de Mineria, Beethoven’s 9th with Huntsville Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with Eugene Symphony and Virginia Symphony. Her debut at Carnegie Hall was in the Mozart Requiem, under the direction of John Rutter: National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall, and Lancaster Symphony, rengaged her for Mozart’s Requiem. She performed Bach’s St. Mathew Passion, and his B minor in Wilmington, at the Grand Opera House; Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gloria at Carnegie Hall, and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater in Count Basie Theater. She performed Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with Louisiana Philharmonic, “No one was more exposed than Paulsen, a mezzo-soprano whose voice blossomed from whispers to vaulting arcs of sound as she wrung every ounce of feeling from ‘Urlicht’ [Resurrection Symphony]“ Times-Picayune. Mussorgsky’s ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ and Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, mentioned in Cubarte “fascinating interpretation, and wonderful sound”.
She was heard in recital at Saint Paul’s Chapel, New York City; the Academy of Music, Philadelphia; St. Marks, Baltimore; France, Luxembourg, and Germany, where she recorded with Helmut Deutsch for Saarland Radio. She was selected in Paris to sing for Pavarotti’s Competition and was awarded 1st place in the Liederkranz Foundation Awards Wagnerian Voice division.
During the 2010-2011-concert season she performs: Judas Maccabaeus with Berkshire Choral Festival; Jeptha with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space; Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater and Gloria with Distinguished Concerts International New York; Israel in Egypt with Musica Sacra; and Aida with Greater Bridgeport Symphony; and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with Glen Lock Men’s Chorale.
Charlotte Daw Paulsen born in Philadelphia holds degrees from: The Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University: Temple University: and West Chester University, as well as honors from Salzburg Mozarteum, Zurich International Opera Studio, Tanglewood Festival, and Opera Music Theater International, under the direction of the late Jerome Hines. Currently she studies with Benita Valente.