Karen Slack, soprano
Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, young American soprano Karen Slack was most recently heard in the title role of Verdi's Aïda with Austin Lyric Opera, singing Emelda Griffith in Champion with Opera Parallèle, and her role debut as Alice Ford in Falstaff with Arizona Opera. In concert she joined the Lexington Philharmonic for Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and the Back Bay Chorale for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The 2016-2017 season and beyond includes Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Nashville Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with the National Chorale and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Vancouver Opera, and her debut in Puccini’s Le villi with the Scottish Opera. Ms. Slack has performed Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera, and has sung the title role in Aida with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Additional recent engagements include Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, title role of Tosca and as Leonora in Il trovatore with Arizona Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Quad City Symphony, and Tosca with the New Philharmonic.