Known for his “warm and rich, tenor” voice (Arkansas Times), Vernon Di Carlo, a New Orleans native, is excited to return to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the holiday season. Recent Little Rock engagements include the River Rhapsody Concert Series as the part of ASO 2016-2017 season, as well as performing the roles of Tamino in “The Magic Flute” and Rodolfo in “La Bohème”, both performed with Opera in the Rock. Other professional credits include performances with Opera Memphis, the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, New Orleans Opera, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mercury Opera Rochester, the Ohio Light Opera, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Along with his professional engagements, Vernon has participated in many resident and young artists programs including Lake George Opera where he was an Apprentice Artist performing the role of Remendado in Bizet's "Carmen." He was also an Artist in Residence with Syracuse Opera performing the role of Steuermann in “Der fliegende Holländer” as well as Rodolfo in outreach performances of “La Boheme.” He has completed both Studio and Apprentice Artist contracts with Chautauqua Opera where he performed the roles of Schoolmaster/Mosquito in “The Cunning Little Vixen” and Daniel Buchanan in “Street Scene.”
Vernon is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he completed a Master of Music in Opera Performance. He earned his Bachelor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans in Voice Performance, where he performed the Cantor in Dave Brubeck’s mass setting, “To Hope: A Celebration,” with Brubeck himself at the piano. His roles performed include Camille in “The Merry Widow,” Tebaldo in “I Capuletti e i Montecchi,” Romeo in Gounod's “Romeo and Juliet,” and Gerald in “Lakmé.”
Di Carlo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Memphis, where he has performed the role of Ferrando in “Cosí fan tutte” and the title role in “Albert Herring.”