She has also been recently heard to critical acclaim in the roles of Violetta in La Traviata, 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 Bohème, and Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. More details on her opera career are available in her full opera bio.
A versatile performer, she has appeared regularly in Southern California as a soloist with the L.A. Master Chorale, I Cantori, the LA Mozart Orchestra, Zephyr, OperaWorks, the LA Jazz Choir, and at various churches and temples. She is a founding member of the a cappella jazz group, Sixth Wave, which won the 2001 National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship. Ms. Carlson spent a month (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, 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.
Elin has sung on several film and TV scores, including Mad Song (solo), A.I., Jurassic Park III, John Q., Family Man, Dracula 2000, 102 Dalmatians, Space Cowboys, Galaxy Quest, Dinosaur, Titan A.E., The Astronaut's Wife, Godzilla, Wild Wild West, Armageddon, Mulan, Pleasantville, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Blade, Men in Black, Twister, Independence Day, Quest for Camelot, Batman and Robin, Dudley Doright, 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 a commercial for Lincoln-Mercury. She recently recorded a song with Sting for an upcoming release. She can also be heard (but not seen) as one of the opera divas in Jane Austen's Mafia and will be seen and heard in a bit part in The 4th Tenor with Rodney Dangerfield.
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.