Carol Jean Delmar



Los Angeles-based opera and theater critic, author and actress

Carol Jean Delmar, known as Carie to her friends, is a Los Angeles-based opera and theater critic, author and actress. In January 2012, she produced and starred in CLASSICAL Theatrics 2012, a guest production at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The show was well-received, and a new version is being planned.

Carol Jean has performed in film and local theater productions. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA (Actors’ Equity); holds a degree in theater from UCLA; and has studied voice, piano, acting and dance.

She has written a memoir of her parents: “Serenade: A Memoir of Music and Love from Vienna and Prague to Los Angeles.” Her father was an opera singer in Vienna and Prague in the 1930s and fled to Cuba during the Nazi era. The memoir is a Holocaust love story with classical music as its focus.

In addition to Opera Theater Ink, she has written reviews on opera and musical theater for; has contributed cover stories on Susan Graham, Vladimir Chernov and Ferruccio Furlanetto to Classical Singer magazine; has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times; is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News; and has blogged on the Huffington Post.

Carol Jean is also interviewing world-renowned opera singers for a nonfiction book she is writing on vocal technique. One of her favorite chapters to date is on Frederica von Stade.

Delmar has been a publicist in politics and at UCLA, and she holds a master’s degree in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College.

She continues to write opinion pieces on the arts in LA and has been quoted in many major local and national newspapers for her views.

Carol Jean can be reached at