Praised as a “sumptuous, soaring timbre” by the Omaha World-Herald in her debut with the Omaha Symphony in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream this past season, soprano Karina Brazas began the 2016-17 with a role a debut as Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Union Avenue Opera in Saint Louis. Later in the season she performed guest recitals in Washington state, and an all Puccini program with Hal France and Opera Omaha in Nebraska. In the spring, she joined Music on Site as Monica in The Medium, and bowed with Orchestra Seattle as the soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria. She finished the season with 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.” Ms. Brazas began the 2017-18 season with with Omaha Under the Radar in Soundstitching by Cassia Kite. In the fall, she will joining Shreveport Opera as a resident artist, where she will perform as Pamina in The Magic Flute, and will be featured as a soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah in November. Later in the season she will be seen as Maya in Companion by Robert Paterson, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast, both with Shreveport Opera.
Last 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, Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera for the Young, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with the Nebraska Opera Project.
Ms. Brazas made her professional debut 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 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.