Soprano Karina Brazas, described as “sumptuous and soaring" (Omaha World Herald), has built a career on repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. Performances in 2019-20 include a role debut as Young Alyce in Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo in Saint Louis with Union Avenue Opera, as soprano soloist in Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Resonance Ensemble and Creighton University, and a return to the Omaha Symphony as the soprano soloist in Stravinsky's Pulcinella.
Some of her recent stage highlights include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Maya in the Three Way, all with Shreveport Opera, as well as Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Union Avenue Opera in Saint Louis. Her professional debut was Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking with Central City Opera in Colorado, where she also sang as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and joined the cast of The Sound of Music. Other performances include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha, and Enitharmon in Opera Omaha's 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.”
On the concert stage, Ms. Brazas sang the soprano soloist Cincinnati in 2018 in Bach's Cantata 57 Selig ist der Mann . In the fall of 2017, she joined Prisma Vocal Ensemble as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah. In previous seasons, she made her Omaha Symphony solo debut in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, bowed with Orchestra Seattle as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria, and performed as the soprano soloist in Fauré's Requiem with orchestras in Seattle and Minnesota. Ms. Brazas has been a regional finalist and multiple award winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as winning the Katherine S. Tyrrell Memorial Award from the 2018 Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition.
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.