Carter Tholl, American Lyric Coloratura, wins the 2019 St. Andrews International Aria Competition

The St. Andrews Arts Council, Inc. has announced the winner of the 2019 St. Andrews International Aria Competition as American Lyric Coloratura, Carter Tholl. Ms. Tholl will be soloing with the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra, Hok Kwan, conductor, on August 17, 2019 at the KIRA Amphitheatre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.


The annual St. Andrews International Aria Competition is open to singers between the ages of 20 – 30. Past competition winners include Measha Brueggergosman, Anna Bateman, Bethany Horst, Tracy Cantin, Jeremy Ludwig, Tonatiuh Abrego, Danielle MacMillan and Jillian Bonner (Canada), Mai Washio (Japan), Eric Jurenas, David Blalock and Becca Conviser (USA).
Carter Tholl is praised for her agile voice and clear tone, and performs a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to the 21st century. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, she is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in voice performance, and Wichita State University, where she received a Masters of Music in Opera Performance and studied with baritone Alan Held.


Ms. Tholl regularly performs with The Nether Consort, Wichita’s leading early music ensemble. In the Wichita area, she has performed as a soloist with the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Chamber Chorale, the Wichita Choral Society, Opera Kansas, the Wichita Grand Opera, and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. An early music specialist, Ms. Tholl has performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Fringe), the Amherst Early Music Festival, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the Baroque Workshop at Queens College, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. In 2017 she was the recipient of a scholarship from Early Music America, and she has been a recipient of a Koch Artist Enabling Grant in 2016 and 2017. She has been a finalist at the Rochester Classical Vocal Idol competition, a finalist at the Grand Concours de Chant, winner of the 2016/17 Concerto/Aria competition at Wichita State University, and a division winner of the NATS competition.

Favorite opera roles include: Mavis the Tractor (Fantastic Mr. Fox), The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), Hero (Béatrice et Bénédict), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Hebe (Les Indes Galantes), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), and Fräulein Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor). Also at home on the musical theater stage, Carter made her European debut as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, at Vienna’s English Theatre in Vienna, Austria.


A strong advocate for arts education, Ms. Tholl has served as the Director of Educational Outreach for Central Kansas Concert Opera. Last winter, she performed with Opera Saratoga’s Opera-To-Go program in the children’s opera The Ugly Duckling (Andrew Duncan) for more that 10,000 students in Upstate New York over six weeks. She has been teaching privately in Wichita since 2015, and joined the faculty of Southwestern College in 2018 as an adjunct professor of voice.