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.