Soprano Karen Vuong

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
Agata – La Cantatrice Villane
Aljeja – From the House of the Dead
Almirena – Rinaldo
Amital – Betulia Liberata
Blumenmädchen – Parsifal
Contessa – Le Nozze di Figaro
Criside – Satyricon
Despina – Così fan tutte
Diane Tran – Bound
Die junge Frau – Der Goldene Drache
Donna Anna – Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira – Don Giovanni
Erste Dame – Die Zauberflöte
Fiordiligi – Così fan tutte
Frasquita – Carmen
Gänsemagd – Königskinder
Gerhilde – Die Walküre
Gretel – Hänsel und Gretel
Imelda – Oberto
Lauretta – Gianni Schicchi
Maya Lin – The Rift
Micaëla – Carmen
Mimì – La Bohème
Mlle Jouvenot – Adriana Lecouvreur
Mrs. Julian – Owen Wingrave
Nella – Gianni Schicchi
Pamina – Die Zauberflöte
Pepa – Tiefland
Rusalka – Rusalka
Second Woman – Dido and Aeneas
Siegrune – Die Walküre
Sophie – Werther
Suor Genovieffa – Suor Angelica
Susanna – Le Nozze di Figaro
Suzel – L’amico Fritz
Tina – Flight
Trang/Nurse – Amelia
Xanthe – Die Liebe der Danae
Zerlina – Don Giovanni
ROLES IN PREPARATION AND/OR CONSIDERATION
Cio-Cio-San – Madama Butterfly
Liù – Turandot
Luisa – Luisa Miller
Violetta – La Traviata

Karen Vuong is a Chinese-American soprano based in New York City. Recent and upcoming engagements for Ms. Vuong include a role and house debut as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot with OperaDelaware, the title of role in Rusalka at Portland Opera, Diane Tran in Bound with Seattle Opera (Bachtrack reported on Vuong’s performance here in 2023 with, “Masterfully portrayed by Karen Vuong, Diane elicits the viewer’s empathy, often seen clutching her arms tightly around her torso as if trying to hold herself together. Ruo has presented the young soprano with an enormous challenge: she is required to sing continually, forcefully and frequently in a high tessitura, while sustaining immense dramatic intensity. Vuong was up to the task, never letting up vocally or dramatically, effectively maintaining the focus on her plight.”), and Gänsemagd in Königskinder at the Tiroler Festspiele.

Other roles and engagements of note include Mimì in La Bohème at Seattle Opera, Suzel in L’amico Fritz at the Tiroler Festspiele, Maya Lin in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera The Rift at Washington National Opera (DC Metro Theatre Arts declared, “Karen Vuong plays Maya Lin, the architecture student, and she is a superb singer-actor. Her arias are some of the best written and performed in the evening. Her performance of  “Chinese as Apple Pie” knocked me out.”) and Tina in Seattle Opera’s recent film production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.

During her time as part of the ensemble at Frankfurt Opera from 2013 to 2019, Ms. Vuong was entrusted with a number of leading roles with that company, including the the title role in Rusalka, Mimì in La bohème, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Agata in a new production of Fioravanti’s La Cantatrici Villane, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Gerhilde in Die Walküre, and Micaëla in Carmen.

Ms. Vuong studied at the Juilliard School in New York City, where she received the Novick Career Advancement Grant, and was an inaugural member and two-year participant in Los Angeles Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. She has also enjoyed great success in competitions as a winner of the Eastern Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, recipient of the Operalia CulturArte Prize, and grand prize winner in the Marilyn Horne Lieder Competition.