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~~ Welcome ~~

. . . to my web site. I hope you find your visit here informative and at least a little entertaining.

Who Am I, and Why Are We Here?

I am a professional singer. I mostly perform classical music and opera, but I also sing jazz, pop, and film scores. My compositional and arranging skills are equally diverse. The second question can be deeply philosophical and more difficult to answer, unless you've read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

I do update this site from time to time; if you would like to be notified when I do, please enter your e-mail address in the form at the bottom of the page.

Would you like to know more about me?
Would you like to know where I am performing?
Would you like to hear sound clips from my recordings for film, TV, and commercials? This page also has some examples of my singing in various styles available for your on-line listening pleasure.
Would you like to know more about the award-winning a cappella group Sixth Wave?
Would you like to know more about the re-recording of the original Star Trek Theme?
Do you need a photo and/or bio for a concert program or promotion?
Are you looking for unusual links?
Do you want to find other singers on the web?
Are you looking for a church sub in the greater Los Angeles area?

You are welcome to look at my opera resume, at some reviews, at my musical theater resume, at a list of my compositions and arrangements, at information on other performances, film scores, and recordings I've sung and people I've worked with, and at my upcoming appearances.

If you would like to inquire about booking me for opera and concert appearances, or for television, film, and commercials, please contact me directly.

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Photos from opera productions:

To begin with, a nice page of photos of my performance as Violetta from La Traviata with Pocket Opera in San Francisco.
Here's a photo of me, as Elvira in Ernani, also with Pocket Opera. There are more photos from that production here.
You can still see one photo of me as Amalia in The Gang of Bandits, (scroll down the page) again with Pocket Opera.


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And What of Love, my debut solo CD, is now available on my independent record label, Singularity Records. It features world premiere recordings of song cycles by Los Angeles composers Morten Lauridsen and Paul Gibson, as well as arias and songs by Nicolai, Meyerbeer, Adams, Mozart, Ellington, and Arlen.

I am accompanied by two of the finest artists in Southern California, Alan Steinberger and William Vendice.

You can order yours by contacting me personally by e-mail or online through Eroica Music.


Elin Carlson has had a distinguished career in the United States and Europe, with engagements ranging from the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival to Grizabella in the famous Hamburg, Germany production of Cats . She has also been heard to critical acclaim in the roles of Violetta in La Traviata, Magda in La Rondine, Maria in Maria Padilla, Elvira in Ernani, Gilda in Rigoletto, Constanza in Yanked From the Harem (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amalia in I Masnadieri, Musetta in La Bohme, and Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni .

A versatile performer, she has appeared regularly in Southern California as a soloist with "Beethoven's Wig", the L.A. Master Chorale, I Cantori, the L.A. Mozart Orchestra, Zephyr, OperaWorks, and the L.A. Jazz Choir. She is a founding member of the a cappella jazz group, Sixth Wave, which won the 2001 National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship. Ms. Carlson spent the month of October 1996 in Japan as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale.

As an oratorio soloist, Ms. Carlson's performances include Handel's Messiah, Bach's B Minor Mass, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Mass in C (K.427), and Rossini's Stabat Mater . She has extensive experience performing choral and oratorio literature, from the earliest composed works on the North American continent to works of current composers such as Morton Lauridsen, Ed Cansino, Paul Gibson, and John Biggs. On September 11, 2005, she sang the soprano solos for the US Premiere of John Debney's "Passion of the Christ Symphony."

Elin has sung on numerous film and TV scores, including Mad Song (solo), X-Men 2 (solo), Superman Returns (solo), Spider-Man 3, Evan Almighty, Meet the Robinsons, Licensed to Wed, Charlotte's Web, King Kong, Ice Age 2, World Trade Center, Zathura, Robots, Van Helsing, Polar Express, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black, Men in Black II, Terminator 3, Matrix Reloaded, Daredevil, Life or Something Like It, Scorpion King, A.I., Jurassic Park III, 102 Dalmatians, Galaxy Quest, Dinosaur, Titan A.E., The Astronaut's Wife, Godzilla, Wild Wild West, Armageddon, Mulan, Pleasantville, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Blade, Twister, Independence Day, Quest for Camelot, Sixth Sense, Alien 4: Resurrection, Amistad, and Anastasia .

Ms. Carlson has regularly collaborated as a soloist with the composer Danny Elfman on such films as Mars Attacks! and Flubber , as well as for the main title of HBO's "Perversions of Science" and commercials for Lincoln-Mercury, CDW, and FEMA. She recorded a song with Sting*. She can also be seen AND heard in bit parts in The 4th Tenor with Rodney Dangerfield as well as in a recent episode of Malcolm in the Middle. She is the soloist on the opening theme of the newly released and remastered original Star Trek series.

Ms. Carlson received her Bachelor of Music Degree in theory and composition at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is a published composer. Her marimba concerto and her song cycle for voice and marimba have been performed in Arizona and New York, and her vocal arrangements have been performed by various groups in Los Angeles.


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Film, television, and commercials: continuing

  • The original Star Trek series has been remastered for a new release in to syndication, and I'm singing the signature solo line on the opening theme song for these. See my Star Trek page for more details and to hear it.

  • You can hear lots of my light, fluffy vocal signatures on a new comedy on TBS: 10 Items or Less. The score is being written by the talented Steven Argila, with whom I've collaborated on several occasions.

  • I sing a trio with myself in a scene in The Simpsons Movie. The clip is on my sound clips page.

  • Radio commercial for FloodSmart by FEMA. I sing an excerpt from "Doretta's Waltz" from La Rondine by Puccini.

  • Radio commercial for Diet Pepsi, also featuring tenor Jonathan Mack, as we sing HipHopera, a brand new "hybrid genre."

  • A bit part as an opera singer (on-camera, with long, red hair!) in The 4th Tenor. I'm also the singing voice of the "evil" soprano, performing "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto and the Habanera from Carmen. You can see it this month on Contintental Airlines and in February on DVD and video.

  • If you are in Japan, you can hear me sing the Diva's aria in the anime series Blood+. It's also on my sound clips page.

  • Television commercials for (solo), Volkswagen (descant on "Mr. Blue Sky", recorded with Jeff Lynne of The Electric Light Orchestra) [Watch it!], Walt Disney World (angelic chorus), and T-Mobile (opera chorus).

  • "The Thomas Crown Affair"

  • Flubber, the remake of the film "Absent-Minded Professor", now out on video

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    I actually wrote the HTML for this web site all by myself, using the book HTML for the World Wide Web by Elizabeth Castro. Thanks also to my father and to Judy Siirila for proofreading and helpful suggestions, to Bob Johnson for scanning my photos, to Ryan the Elfmaniac for my title logo, and to my cousin, Ian Roberts, for help with the backgrounds and other details.

    *[also pictured in the photo with Sting are his producer, David Hartley, and the two other fabulous singers on the session, Yvonne Williams and Edie Leyman-Boddicker.]