A versatile, sincere, and powerful performer, Cary Ann Rosko enjoys a career that spans multiple theatre genres. She has appeared on stages throughout the Bay Area and is known for her “lush contralto,” sharp comic timing, and moving dramatic performances. Cary has been described as a “remarkably funny and expressive” performer, demonstrating “heartwarming vulnerability” onstage.
Cary began her theatre training in opera and quickly distinguished herself as an earnest and incisive singer. Some of her favorite standard operatic roles are Marcellina and Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Fricka (Die Walküre), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Siebel (Faust), and Olga (Eugene Onegin).
An enthusiastic fan of modern opera, Cary’s credits also include Tobias Picker’s Emmeline (Aunt Hannah), Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles (Dargelos/Agathe), the world premiere of Mary Watkins’ Dark River (Sheriff’s Wife), Anthony Davis’ X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X (Reporter), and the West Coast premiere of Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s La Curandera (Dionisia).
Cary is also a Gilbert and Sullivan specialist. As a long-standing member of renowned G&S company Lamplighters Music Theatre, she has sung a majority of the mezzo-soprano and contralto roles in the canon, as well as many newly written roles in the company’s annual Gala productions. Her sensitivity to dialogue and character is especially evident in this genre, making her an audience favorite. As part of the Lamplighters’ campaign to record the entirety of G&S’s operettas, she is featured on multiple CDs, which have received favorable reviews from such respected classical music sources as Opera News.
Equally at home in American musical theatre, Cary brings authenticity to every part she plays. She has sung such roles as Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Donna/Oolie (City of Angels), Old Woman (Candide), Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me), Julie (Show Boat), and Cleo (The Most Happy Fella). She is a two-time nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Local) by BroadwayWorld (San Francisco) for her portrayals of Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me) and Aunt Hannah (Emmeline).
More recently, Cary has branched out into nonmusical theatre. She originated the role of MJ in The Law of Attraction, commissioned by New Conservatory Theatre Center and premiered as a radio play. Cary is also a frequent performer with the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, appearing in their developmental reading series and PlayOffs, their annual award-winning, fully-staged production.
A Midwestern Californian, Cary grew up outside Chicago and currently lives in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Cary also holds a Marriage and Family Therapist license and has a private practice in San Francisco where she provides integrative psychotherapy focused on the holistic treatment of anxiety and trauma. As both a performing artist and therapist, Cary's strength lies in her ability to communicate with others on multiple levels in the service of deeper emotional connection.