Vocalist - Soprano
"At the heart of all of Thomson's hard work and family sacrifice is her desire to do great work." Read More...
Brian Baker, Cincinnati City Beat
'Cav and Pag' at Sarasota Opera
"Only soprano Kara Shay Thomson, playing the outcast Santuzza in Cav, really soared as the woman spurned by Turiddu. From her arioso of betrayal, ‘Voi lo sapete,' to the rage of her duet with the cuckold Alfio, Thomson was spellbinding, her body quivering with passion."
John Fleming, Opera News
"Thomson was an unsettling presence, moving with a gentle woman's stately grace but using her rich soprano like a lance, slashing the air as she slowly stalked her prey. In the furious confrontation of all four adults late in the opera, the voices blended in a lustrous glow that perfectly evoked the opera's central theme, the tragic loss of beauty corrupted."
Chicago Sun-Times
"Vissi d'arte began as a plaintive, quiet act of desperation and grew to an ardent, fervent plea that was both luminous and luxurious in sound. In fact, there wasn't a moment in the evening when Thomson came even close to over-singing or pushing. Her enormous voice resonated throughout the house, yet she never abused her abilities and, by passionate restraint, was able to build a character who was, in every sense, a Great Woman."
Longboat Observer
"Kara Shay Thomson['s] rich voice captured the conflicting aspects of her character. When sparring and resisting the evil Baron Scarpia, masterfully created by baritone Grant Youngblood, she was at her best. Praying in anguish, Tosca sings Vissi d'arte seeking guidance to save Cavaradossi by succumbing to Scarpia's lust. It was breathtaking. We could feel the heart breaking as she sank to her knees while perfectly controlling a tender decrescendo. The tension and chemistry between the two as Scarpia manipulated her was remarkably captivating."
Sarasota Herald Tribune
"Kara Shay Thomson, who sang the part of Countess Almaviva, deserves special note for her standout singing."
Deseret Morning News
"Kara Shay Thomson (Countess) promisingly fielded darkly pretty looks and a plush lyric soprano."

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