Ella Blackwell

2017 Blossom Music Festival
August 27 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Harolyn Blackwell

American soprano Harolyn Blackwell has enjoyed a wide and varied career on opera, concert, and recital stages across the world. Following study at Catholic University of America in her native Washington D.C., Ms. Blackwell’s performing career began on the Broadway stage in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The transition from musical theater to opera occurred shortly afterwards, when she was selected as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since that time, she has performed with many of the major national and international opera companies and at festivals around the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne Festival, San Francisco Opera, Netherlands Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Nice, and the Opera Orchestra of New York, as well as appearing in concert with major symphony orchestras across North America and in Europe. She continues to sing a range of music, including jazz and pop standards. She made her Cleveland Orchestra debut at Blossom in 1985, singing in a new production Mozart’s The Magic Flute staged by Christoph von Dohnányi.