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Recognized for the natural beauty of her large voice and her dramatic insight, American soprano Kara Shay Thomson is proving herself a versatile and essential artist on the operatic and concert stages. Opera News writes, “Kara Shay Thomson gave an elegant performance as Leonore in Fidelio, a welcome foray into Beethoven’s only opera. Thomson, known for her Tosca with Sarasota and other regional companies, was a galvanizing vocal presence right from ‘Komm, Hoffnung,’ spontaneous and powerful in her Act I aria to faithful married love.” 

Posted: Feb-21-2020
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Soprano Kara Shay Thomson will perform in a recital entitled "The Diamond Anniversary Recital" to mark the 60th anniversary of Sarasota Opera on April 5th, 2019. Ms. Thomson will share the stage with tenor Jonathan Burton, baritone Marco Nisticò, and bass Young Bok Kim. 

Posted: Oct-10-2018
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"In the two most recent seasons, Kara Shay Thomson gave Dayton excellent portrayals of Turandot and Madga Sorel in Menotti’s Consul. Singing Salome for the first time, she was outstanding. As an actress, she was asked to do less in this production than might be the case otherwise, but drama was not shirked. For instance, her reactions to the changing orchestral music as Jochanaan returned to the cistern after rejecting her were striking. Vocally, she gave a memorable performance. The voice is sizeable, with a bright, clear top register. She had no trouble riding the big orchestral climaxes in the final scene, and she also floated some lovely soft singing."

— Opera News
Posted: Aug-19-2019
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Posted: Nov-6-2014