Lisbeth Brittain Carter holds a B.M. Degree in Voice/Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music, where she studied voice with David Blair McCloskey and Iride Pilla, and diction and opera performance with John Moriarty. After winning the Metropolitan Opera New England Regionals in 1972, she received a scholarship from the Metropolitan for a year of private voice study in London, England. After two summers in the apprentice program at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, she entered the auditions program at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
This led to a series of long term engagements within the German speaking countries. From 1976 until 1986, Ms. Carter was resident lyric soubrette with the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater der Stadt Bonn, and the Dortmund Opera, where she performed over forty different roles in both opera and operetta. These included such roles as 'Sophie' in Der Rosenkavalier, 'Musetta' in La Boheme, 'Zdenka' in Arabella, 'Micaela' in Carmen and 'Papagena' in The Magic Flute, among others. There were also frequent guest performances with opera companies in Cologne, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Ulm, etc. Between 1980 and 1986 there were also numerous appearances with Theater des Westens in Berlin, appearing as 'Maria' in West Side Story, 'Laurie' in Oklahoma and in various operettas. More performances of West Side Story followed in Zurich and at the Volksoper in Vienna, along with two seasons with the Eutiner Sommerfestspiel.
In 1986 Ms. Carter joined the Hamburg production of CATS, appearing as 'Jenny Anydots' and 'Grizabella', and working also as the voice coach for the cast. She remained there over two years, singing more than 600 performances. In 1998 she began work on a cabaret performance of the songs of Stephen Sondheim with her colleague Michael Dixon, which was produced for a successful run at the Macadam Theater in Hamburg. Until 1990, Ms. Carter remained in Europe, teaching in Hamburg, Vienna, and Paris, where her students regularly performed in opera and musicals. She was the creator of the program of musical theater training at the Stella Academy in Hamburg.
In 1990, Ms. Carter returned to the United States, appearing in Threepenny Opera as 'Pirate Jenny' for the Triangle Opera Theater. She received her M.M. Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Meredith College in 1994, and remained there as Adjunct Professor of Voice and Director of the Meredith Opera Theater until the fall of 2003. In 2002 she joined the faculty of Elon University and came to UNC Chapel Hill in the fall of 2003, as Adjunct Professor of Voice.