American Lyric-Spinto Soprano, Karen Anderson

American lyric-spinto soprano, Karen Anderson has received consistent praise for her operatic and concert performances.

She performed title role of Turandot with the Lancaster Music Festival with a live National Public Radio broadcast, and with Cincinnati Opera in the role of Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking. She triumphed in performances of Suor Angelica and Tosca to considerable acclaim with California’s Festival Opera.

Karen Anderson

Operatic Roles (Performed with Orchestra)

Composer Work Role Venue
Bizet Carmen Micaela Utah Opera
Donizetti Maria Padilla Maria Padilla Pocket Opera
Gounod Faust Marguerite Sacramento Opera
Spokane Opera
Utah Opera (cover)
Handel Alcina Alcina Pocket Opera
3 productions
Chamber Music
Society of
Heggie Dead Man Walking Kitty Hart Cincinnati Opera
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Nedda Arizona Opera
Eugene Opera
Nevada Opera
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Utah Opera
Mozart Die Zauberfloete Pamina Boise Opera
Utah Opera
Puccini La Boheme
Suor Angelica
Eugene Opera
Festival Opera
Festival Opera
Utah Opera
Lancaster Music
Strauss J. Die Fledermaus Rosalinda Boise Opera
Strauss R. Elektra Overseer Cincinnati Opera
Verdi Un Ballo in
La Traviata
Alice Ford
West Bay Opera
Utah Opera
Utah Opera (cover-
Roberta Peters)


Composer Work Venue
Bach Cantata 51
Cantata 202
Pro Musica, Utah
Stanford Masterworks
Beethoven Ninth Symphony Pacific Coast Symphony
Diablo Symphony and Chorus
Brahms Requiem Contra Costa Chorale
San Francisco City
Handel Messiah Utah Symphony
Haydn Mass in Time of War
Missa Brevis
College of Notre Dame
Peninsula Masterworks
Lerner and Loewe Selections Sacramento Choral Society
and Symphony
Mendelssohn Elijah Jerusalem Symphony
San Francisco City
San Jose Sym. Choir
Mahler 4th Symphony Pro Art Symphony
Mozart Requiem
Coronation Mass
Fremont Symphony
Peninsula Masterworks
Pergolesi Stabat Mater Peninsula Masterworks
Poulenc Gloria
Stabat Mater
Diablo Valley
Peninsula Masterworks
Contra Costa Chorale
San Francisco City
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
Peninsula Masterworks
Peninsula Masterworks
Contra Costa Chorale
San Francisco City
Ravel Sheherazade Pro Art Symphony
Rodgers & Hammerstein Selections Sacramento Choral Society
and Symphony
Strauss Four Last Songs Pro Art Symphony
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem Sacramento Choral Society
and Symphony
Verdi Requiem
San Francisco City
Diablo Valley Masterworks
San Francisco Choral
Vivaldi Gloria Church of the Nazarene
Vivaldi Gloria
Church of the Nazarene
Peninsula Masterworks
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras Pro Art Symphony
Von Weber Mass in G Major San Francisco City

Critical Acclaim

Soprano Karen Anderson…..Her voice is neither harsh nor coarse, nor is her physique monumental, thus making for a lovely ice queen in sight and sound.
Barbara Zuck, Columbus Dispatch

Soprano Karen Anderson delivered a strong, poised, polished, suitably dramatic and powerfully well-sung vocal performance. The high notes were pure and true ….making the varying emotions felt as well as dealing with the floridity and the high notes.
William Glackin, Sacramento Bee

Anderson brought pure, lustrous tone to the dreamlike “Aria (Cantilena)” that begins the piece……the second movement, “Danza” which evokes the music of songbirds and nature, was richly atmospheric.
Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times

Anderson’s voice was an ideal choice for the material. She gave each song a performance as natural, unforced and deeply meditative as it was technically brilliant. Anderson shaped the long, complex phrases into glorious musical statements.
Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times

Soprano Karen Anderson with her beautiful, warmly colored soprano, enhanced by her fine dramatic sense, created a sympathetic and eloquent Suor Angelica.

Cheryl North, Oakland Tribune

Karen Anderson sang Angelica sympathetically and strongly
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Karen Anderson -last year’s Tosca- gives a mesmerizing performance as Angelica. Her pure, radiant soprano carries the soaring vocal lines with assurance, breathing life into every note. Her “Senza Mamma” one of the composer’s greatest arias-is heartbreakingly beautiful, and her final scene is movingly transcendent.
Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times

The Tosca role was splendidly sung by Karen Anderson, a soprano whose voice projected like a beam of light. As an actress, Anderson came into her own in the great second act…when Anderson poured out Tosca’s grief in the eloquent "Vissi d’arte," the effect was stunning.
Marilyn Tucker, Contra Costa Times

Anderson created a luminous Tosca with her secure, richly hued soprano. Stately and beautiful, she moved with an appropriately imperious air.
Cheryl North, Oakland Tribune

Karen Anderson adds another fine Utah Opera characterizations the slave girl Liu- the womanly voice of reason, compassion and devotion. Anderson sings Liu’s affecting arias with feeling, her lovely lyric soprano in fine estate, and dies pathetically in the best Puccini tradition.
Dorothy Stowe, Deseret News

Karen Anderson as Pamina sang with the cleanness- with no vocal affectation- that is the essence of a strong Mozart interpretation. Without being sentimental she brought a tender despair to her aria lamenting Tamino’s indifference.
Anne Matthews, Salt Lake Tribune

At the upper limits was Karen Anderson, a good actress whose substantial soprano had the right proportions, quality and expressiveness for a steadfast, feminine Pamina.
Dorothy Stowe, Opera News

For better or worse, La Boheme depends on its Mimi. Karen Anderson delivered a Mimi who could carry the opera without any other help. She moved well, she showed a true feeling for the part, and throughout the evening she maintained a pure, youthful, silvery quality of voice which heightened the heartbreak of the role.
Linda Wilton Smith, The Register-Guard

Soprano Karen Anderson, in her company debut, impressed greatly as Nedda, singing a perfect ballatella in praise of Nature’s beauty.
Dimitri Drobatschowsky, The Arizona Republic

Karen Anderson –shows a fine control over her instrument, keeping it fresh and innocent in her early appearances, releasing intensity and power in the closing scenes.
Michael Ackley, Sacramento Bee


Nominated for best artist in Utah, Utah Holiday Magazine