UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES

SF JAZZ

AUGUST 6 & 7, 2022

WITH TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET

Following up the 2016 world premiere of a revised version of Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: An Opera in Jazz, these historic performances featuring the GRAMMY-winning Turtle Island Quartet and a selection of guest vocalists will focus on music from Blanchard’s groundbreaking new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on journalist and author Charles M. Blow’s powerful memoir chronicling his early life in rural Louisiana.

San Francisco, California
Miner Auditorium

SKANEATELES FESTIVAL

CATALYST QUARTET

AUGUST 18 & 19, 2022

The Grammy-winning Catalyst Quartet debuts at the Festival, performing music by Haydn and brand new short works for the quartet by Andy Akiho (heard at the Festival in 2018), Kevin Puts, and Jessie Montgomery, among others. Sharing the program is rising star soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, Karen Slack (“feisty, rich voiced,” New York Times), who offers songs by Richard Strauss; Festival Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch also perform Rachmaninoff’s passionate Cello Sonata.

First Presbyterian Church
Skaneateles, NY

TOSCA

OCTOBER 22, 25 & 28, 2022

EDMONTON OPERA

Karen will star in the title role of Tosca with Edmonton Opera.

Edmonton, AB, Canada

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MY SISTERS KEEPER

NOVEMBER 13, 2022

Metropolitan Opera Star Karen Slack returns to perform on stage of the new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU in My Sister’s Keeper, with award-winning pianist Michelle Cann. 

FORT WORTH OPERA

Fort Worth, TX

WITH PIANIST MICHELLE CANN

FREEDOM ON THE MOVE

PHILADELPHIA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY AND WIREY CRIES

JANUARY 15, 2023

WITH THE RHIANNON GIDDENS, HOWARD WATKINS, REGINALD MOBLEY AND WILL LIVERMAN

Singing Freedom utilizes Freedom on the Move—Cornell University’s database devoted to the experiences of fugitives from slavery in North America—to “capture a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, each meditating on what it means to risk all to be free.” 

Philadelphia, PA
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

DAS RHEINGOLD

DALLAS OPERA

FEBRUARY 10, 12, 15 & 18, 2023

Karen will star in the role of Freia in Dallas Opera's production of  Richard Wagner's epic opera, Das Rheingold.

Dallas, Texas

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CONCERT

MARCH 18, 2023

PORTLAND OVATIONS

Miró and Slack come together in a unique program that includes compositions by Teresa Carreño, Florence Price, and George Walker, among others. 

WITH THE MIRÓ QUARTET

THE JONAH PEOPLE

NASHVILLE SYMPHONY

APRIL 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2023

Few artists have conveyed the African American experience in America as movingly and as powerfully as Hannibal Lokumbe. Skillfully bringing together jazz, blues, gospel, opera, orchestral and choral music, this legendary trumpeter and composer will premiere his most expansive and ambitious project yet, The Jonah People: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph. Featuring a cast of six vocalists, nine actors, a full chorus, a jazz quartet and an African drumming ensemble, this monumental production will bring the community together in a celebration of music, artistry and African American voices. 

Nashville, TN
Schermerhorn Symphony Center

TRIALS, TEARS TRANSCENDENCE: THE JOURNEY OF CLARA LUPER

MAY 13, 2023

Part of the Oklahoma Stories – Clara Luper Centennial, Karen will perform as a soloist in Hannibal Lokumbe's: Trials, Tears, Transcendence: The Journey of Clara Luper. 

Oklahoma City, OK
Civic Center Music Hall

OAKLAHOMA CITY PHILHARMONIC

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FORBES ORGAN SERIES

JUNE 2, 2023

Rising Metropolitan Opera star and renowned soprano Karen Slack, is paired with one of America’s premier concert organists Alan Morrison, for a moving performance of dynamic musical synergy rarely seen on the Central Coast.

CAL POLY

san Luis Obispo, CA

NINTH SYMPHONY & JUSTICE SYMPHONY

FRESNO PHILHARMONIC

JUNE 11, 2022

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of JFK’s 1963 nationally televised speech that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this performance of Damien Geter’s The Justice Symphony, centered on anthems from the Civil Rights era, highlights contemporary challenges in social engagement. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral closes the season with the joyful confluence of Music Director Rei Hotoda, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Fresno Master Chorale, and special guests Karen Slack, Sarah Mesko, Adam Diegel, and Damien Geter.

Fresno, CA
William Saroyan Theatre

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HEROES UNITE

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

MAY 20, 2023

Orpheus pays homage voices of justice and freedom. Beethoven channeled his revolutionary ardor into music for Goethe’s historical drama about a local hero defying foreign occupiers, Egmont, performed here with a new translation and featuring soprano Karen Slack and a special guest narrator.

New York City, NY
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall

ABSENCE: TERRENCE BLANCHARD

MAY 26, 2023

PORTLAND OPERA

A one-night-only gala celebration. In collaboration with the Portland Opera Orchestra, the audience will hear from guest stars for an unforgettable night of musical fusion and ensemble work.

Portland, OR
Keller Auditorium

WITH E COLLECTIVE AND TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET
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AIDA