Carina Schmieger, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, began at the age of 9 to take private singing lessons, first with Suhyon Kim in Freiburg and since 2010 with Kammersängerin Helene Schneiderman in Stuttgart. She received stage training by artistic director Michael Sturm. 2014 she started to study singing at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Professor Maria Venuti and graduated in February 2017. She participated in master classes of Alison Browner, Bruce Earnest, Bernarda Fink, Elisabeth Glauser, Bernd Göpfert, Malcolm Martineau, Angela Nick, Kammersängerin Deborah Polaski, Kammersängerin Helene Schneiderman, Kammersängerin Ulrike Steinsky, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michael Sturm and Júlia Várady.
At the age of 6 Carina Schmieger joined the children's choir at the Theater Freiburg. Soon she performed solo parts in mainstage productions (2nd appearance in Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth and Clara in Jules Massenet's Werther) as well as main roles in various children's operas (Aninka in Hans Krása's Brundibár, the title role in Peter Maxwell Davies' Cinderella, Konrad in Violeta Dinescu's Der 35. Mai, Prinzessin Rosalie in Andreas Tarkmann's Dornröschen, Cyrus and Stimme in Sebastian Sprenger's Henrietta und die Feuerfee). In 2011, Carina Schmieger gave her professional debut at the age of 15 as Jüngling in Mauricio Kagel's Aus Deutschland. Since then she has been a guest soloist at the Theater Freiburg for the roles of Une pastourelle in Maurice Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges and 2nd Edelknabe in Richard Wagner's Lohengrin. During that time she covered the roles of Papagena in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Najade in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. In the season 2013/2014 Carina Schmieger performed the roles of Pamina in a children's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Peggy Blue in the world premiere of Fabrice Bollon's Oscar und die Dame in Rosa at Theater Freiburg. 2014/2015 she was heard there in the role of Frasquita in George Bizet's Carmen and as l'Amour in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Euridice. In May 2015 she also sang the role of Ciboulette in the production of the Hochschule Karlsruhe of Offenbach's one-act-opera Mesdames de la Halle. In the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum in Karlsruhe she performed Drusilla from Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea in December 2015. 2015/2016 Carina Schmieger sang at Theater Freiburg Johanna Barker in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and reappeared as Frasquita and Pamina. 2016 she was a member of the Opera Studio of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where she amongst other roles reprised her role of Frasquita. She portrayed this part again 2016/2017 at Theater Freiburg where she also made her debut as La Fée in Massenet's Cendrillon in May and June 2017. For the 2017/2018 season she returned to the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe where she appeared as Vogel in Oscar Straus' operetta Die lustigen Nibelungen and very successfully as Oberto in Händels Alcina at "Internationale Händel-Festspiele". In March 2018 she took over the role of The Angel in the premiere of the opera Angels in America by Peter Eötvös at Theater Freiburg on very short notice. At the 2018 Salzburg Festival in the Opera for Children she performed Papagena. For the seasons 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 she has been a member of the Opera Studio of Staatsoper Stuttgart. Here she sang La Contessa in Ceprano in Rigoletto, Frau Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Mascha und Prilepa in Pique Dame, Ninetta in Die Liebe zu drei Orangen, Diane in Iphigénie en Tauride, Frasquita in Carmen and Thibault in Don Carlos. Special success she achieved with Antigone in the world premiere of Antigone-Tribunal by Leo Dick and Xenia/Die Geflüchtete in BORIS (Boris Godunov intervowen with Secondhand-Zeit by Sergej Newski). Since September 2020 she is a member of the ensemble of Staatsoper Stuttgart. Her first appearance as such will be as Pamina in the Barrie-Kosky-production of Die Zauberflöte in November 2020. Carina Schmieger regularly gives recitals and sings in concerts and oratorios.
In the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 Carina Schmieger was awarded first prices in the final round of the competition "Jugend musiziert". 2010 she received a scholarship from the "Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung" in Bayreuth. In the same year she received a special prize at the "WESPE" competition of the "Deutsche Musikrat". In the year 2012 Carina Schmieger reached the final round of the "19th International Johannes Brahms Competition" in Pörtschach, Austria, and was awarded a special price as the "most promising voice talent". 2013 she reached the semi-finals of the Richard Strauss Competition in Munich. For her interpretation of Peggy Blue in Fabrice Bollon's Oscar und die Dame in Rosa, Carina Schmieger received a nomination as "singer of the year" and as "newcomer/vocal of the year" in the Critics Choice of "opernwelt" magazine in 2014. 2017 and again 2018 she received another nomination as "newcomer/vocal of the year". Carina Schmieger received a scholarship from the "Hilde Zadek Stiftung" in 2016. 2017 she reached the finals of the 10th International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna where she received two special prizes. She was a member of the prestigious Young Singers Project at the 2018 Salzburg Festival. In 2019 she was in the finals of Emmerich-Smola-Förderpreis in Landau, in the finals of Kaleidoscope Competition in Santa Monica - Los Angeles/USA and in the finals of Anneliese-Rothenberger-Competition on Mainau Island.