About the Author:

Carol Jean Delmar

Carol Jean Delmar
Author Photo: Harry Langdon

Carol Jean Delmar, known as Carie to her friends, is an opera and theater critic, author, and actress. She has contributed cover stories on opera singers Susan Graham, Vladimir Chernov, and Ferruccio Furlanetto to Classical Singer magazine, and feature stories on entertainment and education to the Los Angeles Times. She is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, has written reviews on the former website OperaOnline.us, and has blogged on the Huffington Post. Her current reviews can be read on OperaTheaterInk.com and in the Beverly Hills Courier. In addition, she has been a publicist in the UCLA Graduate School of Education, where she edited the school’s Education magazine.

Carol Jean holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from UCLA and a master’s degree in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College, which she utilized while serving as a teacher and counselor in the 1970s for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

She is interviewing world-renowned opera singers for a nonfiction book she is writing on vocal technique, titled How They Sing: Great Opera Singers Talk Technique. One of her favorite chapters to date is on the vibrant mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade.

As an actress, Carol Jean has performed in film and local theater productions. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA (Actors’ Equity). Aside from her classes at UCLA, she has studied voice, piano, acting and dance from accomplished artists in their fields. In January 2012, she produced and starred in CLASSICAL Theatrics 2012, performing Classical and Classic scenes that she has loved her whole life long. She portrayed Joan of Arc in George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. CLASSICAL Theatrics 2012 was a guest event at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, California. The show -- with an ensemble of nine seasoned actors -- was well-received, and a new version is being planned for the future.

Whether through her acting, by sensitively interpretting the words of others, or through her writing -- Carol Jean’s goal is to grow an appreciation for the lyricism she finds in both mediums.

She resides in West Los Angeles in the home where she was raised.


The author with her father in 1979.




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