Carol Vaness made her Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Massenet’s Manon in 1985 and has returned as Anna Bolena in Donizetti’s opera and Violetta in Verdi’s Traviata, Leonora in Verdi’s Trovatore, and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello. Most recently, she has sung here the title role of Puccini’s Tosca, Amelia in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera , and the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. She returns to the company in August 2006 as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier. Since her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo in 1984, Vaness has appeared in more than a dozen different roles with that company including Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Countess in Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito. She opened the Metropolitan Opera season in 1992 portraying the three female roles in a new production of Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann. With San Francisco Opera, she has sung all of Mozart’s major spinto roles, and Violetta, Mathilde in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, and Amelia in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera. The San Diego native has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Vienna State Opera; Paris Opéra–Bastille; and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; with the companies of Rome, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Madrid, and Barcelona; and with the festivals of Salzburg, Glyndebourne, and Edinburgh.