Vocalist - Soprano

Recognized for the natural beauty of her voice and her sense of 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: Apr-17-2018
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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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"Kara Shay Thomson is the obvious star of the show. When she first appears onstage, dressed in stark magenta amid a sea of muted costumes, she shines. She is able to express the most peaceful contentedness when singing with her servants in the woods...She can also be antagonizing, a match for King Solomon’s impassioned fervor. She manages to invoke a sense of primal sadness in response to Adoniram’s death with a raw cry that leaves the viewer with a deep remorse and an overwhelming urge to applaud."

— The Harvard Crimson
Posted: Oct-3-2018
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