Praised as a “sumptuous, soaring timbre” by the Omaha World-Herald, soprano Karina Brazas began the 2017-2018 season with her role debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute with Shreveport Opera. She finished up the fall of 2017 as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Prisma Vocal Ensemble and the Shreveport Symphony. The spring of 2018 saw her in performances of Maya (Companion) from Three Way by Robert Paterson and as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Upcoming performances include her role debut as Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied and a return to the Omaha Symphony as the soloist in Stravinksy’s Pulcinella.
The previous season began with a return to Union Avenue Opera as Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She returned to her alma mater for a recital and masterclass, joined Hal France and Opera Omaha in recital for National Opera Week, and performed as Monica in The Medium with Music on Site. She made her Omaha Symphony solo debut as First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, bowed with Orchestra Seattle as the soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria before finishing the season as Enitharmon with Opera Omaha in the world premiere of Stranger from Paradise, where the Omaha World-Herald wrote that she, “dazzled, singing in the evening’s first aria in her portrayal of Blake's fantastical demigoddess Enitharmon.”
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Brazas was lauded by the Ladue news as “fiery and fetching” and by Broadway World as “performing with sweetness, clarity, great beauty, and innocence” for her performance of Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Union Avenue Opera. She was also seen as the soprano soloist for the Fauré Requiem with Orchestra Seattle and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, and in recital with Hal France featuring music of WW1. Other recent performances include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha and Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young, and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with the Nebraska Opera Project.
Ms. Brazas made her professional debut with Central City Opera as Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking while singing as an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera's Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program. While at Central City, she also performed Susanna in the family performance of Le nozze di Figaro and covered Liesl in The Sound of Music. Ms. Brazas has been a regional finalist and multiple award winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has been featured as a soloist with Coeur d'Alene Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony. On the concert stage, she has performed as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's Cantata 36 and B minor mass, and Schubert's Mirjams Siegesgesang.
Ms. Brazas spent the first twelve years of her life as a U.S. Army Brat, before her family settled in Olympia, Washington. She currently lives in the Midwest. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and baking/eating cheesecake.