KAREN SLACK soprano -
 Hailed by critics for possessing a lustrous voice of extraordinary beauty and artistry of great dramatic depth American soprano Karen Slack has performed with major conductors in opera houses and concert halls around the world.  She was most recently seen as both Tosca and  Leonora in Il Trovatore with Arizona Opera, Beethoven's 9th with Alabama Symphony, a feature on the silver screen and soundtrack in Tyler Perry's movie "For Colored Girls" as the Operatic Diva,  Mahler Symphony No.2 with Latvian National Symphony, Verdi Requiem with Madison Symphony and the Sacramento Choral Society, Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with both Albany ProMusica Symphony and Sacramento Choral Society, Violetta in La Traviata with  both Sacramento Opera and West Bay Opera, Holiday Concert with Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and as Serena in Porgy and Bess with both San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera. She has sung Verdi's Aida with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Cilla in Richard Danielpour's Margret Garner opposite Denyce Graves with the Michigan Opera Theater, Agnes Sorel opposite Dolora Zajick in Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans with the San Francisco Opera and at Carnegie Hall and in 2006 Karen stepped in to make her Metropolitan Opera and International broadcast debut in the title role of Verdi's Luisa Miller. Equally at home in concert repertoire she has been seen in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Spokane, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Italy, Gibraltar (Spain), Munich, Germany and in Australia as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello with the Melbourne Symphony. A 2004 graduate of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship program  she was awarded a Schwabacher Debut Recital and was seen as Madame Arkadina in Pasatieri's The Seagull and as Madeleine in the final scene from Strauss' Capriccio. After her summer with the Merola Opera Program in 2002 she was invited to sing Mimi in Western Opera Theater's National Tour of La Boheme. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music she was heard  as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Pamina in Die Zauberflote and as the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea. At age 18, Karen was the youngest winner in the history of the Rosa Ponselle International Competition for the Vocal Arts held in New York's Alice Tully Hall. Since then she has gone on to win numerous competitions and  and receive many vocal awards including the George London Award, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Montserrat Caballe International Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Marian Anderson ICON Award, Liederkranz Award, Astral Artist, Florida Grand Opera Competition, Portland Opera Lieber Competition and the grand prize in the 1st Jose Iturbi International Competition for Voice held in Los Angeles, CA. Upcoming engagements include Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 on the Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Series,  Sister Rose in Heggie's Dead Man Walking with both Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, Guest Soloist with the Lexington Chamber Music Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Serena in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Photo Credit: Roni Ely