Soprano Harolyn Blackwell is recognized for her expressive and exuberant performances, with a career that has spanned opera, concert and recital stages around the world. The Washington, D.C. native began her career on Broadway in Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. Shortly afterwards, she was selected as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and her career path changed from the musical theatre to opera. Since then, she has performed with many of the major national and international opera companies and at festivals around the world, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera de Nice, Opera Orchestra of New York and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also appeared in a number of nationally televised concerts such as The Grammy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors and The PBS Live From The White House. She is a member of the voice faculty at NYU Steinhardt and Barnard/Columbia University. Ms. Blackwell is currently performing in "A Tribute To Ella," a centennial celebration of Ella Fitzgerald with major orchestras across the US.