Lisbeth Brittain-Carter received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music, with a concentration in Voice Performance and Opera. She was a New England Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition and studied for a year in London, England on a scholarship from the Met. Returning to the USA, she spent two summers as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, and performed several leading and smaller roles with various regional opera companies around New England.
In 1975, she was accepted into the Auditions Training Program at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, which led to more than fifteen years of long term engagements in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The roles sung during that time include ‘Musetta’ (La boheme), ‘Zdenka’ (Arabella), ‘Sophie’ (Der Rosenkavalier), ‘Despina’ (Cosi), ‘Papagena’ (Magic Flute), ‘Micaela’ (Carmen) and many more in both opera and operetta.
In these years, Ms Carter performed more than forty roles in opera houses and festivals in Kaiserslautern, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Bonn, Dortmund, Berlin, Wiesbaden, Eutin, etc. She then branched out into Musical Theater, starring as ‘Maria’ (West Side Story) in close to seventy performances in Berlin, Vienna and Zürich, and ‘Laurie’ (Oklahoma!) at Theater des Westens in Berlin, where she also performed in several operettas.
In 1986, Ms. Carter began an engagement with the Hamburg production of CATS as ‘Jenny Anydots’ and many times also as ‘Grizabella’. She was also the voice coach for the CATS company and after two years, left to work with the European productions of Les Miserables (Vienna), Starlight Express (Bochum) and the Paris production of CATS. In that time, Ms. Carter and her longtime colleague Michael Dixon produced and performed a Sondheim Revue for a good run at the Macadam Theater in Hamburg. She also assisted in the establishment of the Stella School of Music Theater there.
Ms. Carter returned to the USA in 1990, completed her Masters of Performance and Pedagogy, and since then has taught at Meredith College, (1994-2016) several years at UNC-Chapel Hill, and fifteen years at Elon University, (2001-2016), teaching applied voice and directing the Opera Workshop.