American soprano Karen Slack, hailed by critics for possessing a lustrous voice of extraordinary beauty and dramatic depth, has sung with noted conductors, leading opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world.
Karen is the featured opera soloist in Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios’ major motion picture and soundtrack “For Colored Girls” released in November 2010. Upcoming engagements include Messiah Festival of the Arts in 2013 and Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2014. She sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and Verdi Requiem with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra at the Mondavi Center (Davis, California) in 2011. Her recent Aida with West Bay Opera in Spring 2012 garnered this praise from Opera News: “Karen Slack’s deeply felt Aida seemed modeled on Leontyne Price’s glorious assumption — dramatic in tone, generous in volume, flexible in tempo and luminous on top.”
Karen made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2006 in the title role of Luisa Miller and quickly followed that with performances at San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Melbourne Symphony (Australia). The New York Times described her singing as “warmly expressive, especially in her brilliant top.” The Financial Times labeled her “a radiant spinto soprano.”
Karen has carefully laid a foundation to serve her well for longevity. While a student at Curtis Institute, she was noticed by Santa Fe Opera and given a coveted place in their apprentice program. San Francisco Opera rewarded her with an invitation to participate in the Merola Opera Program and followed that with an Adler Fellowship.
Karen gained international attention as winner of several high-profile competitions: 2007 Jose Iturbi Competition, 2006 Portland Opera Lieber Award, 2005 Florida Grand Opera Competition, 2004 Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2000 George London Award, and second prize in the 2008 Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition.
Other engagements include the role of Cilla in the American opera Margaret Garner for Michigan Opera Theater, soprano soloist for Verdi Requiem with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Serena in Porgy and Bess for San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera, Violetta in La Traviata for Sacramento Opera and West Bay Opera, soloist with the Cincinnati Pops and May Festival Chorus. A devotee of the American spiritual, Karen frequently joins the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble for special tours and concerts.