Kara "stunned" audiences with "sublime singing and solid comedic timing" in her portrayal of Melissa
phenoMNal twin cities
Kara Morgan's death scene...brought down the house in the first act
Morgan was particularly inspiring. Director Eric Gibson created a very physical show and Morgan rolls with the necessary looseness of a young boy, but the mezzo-soprano sang like a seasoned vet
Stealing the show was Kara Morgan as Mad Margaret
Ottone...was sung by Kara Morgan, whose voice seemed ideal for the role. With strong low notes and clear, straight tone, she voiced her misery and despair
Boston Music Intelligencer
Since her first experience singing as part of Minnesota Opera's youth program Project Opera!, Kara has dedicated herself to studying the world, languages, and characters of opera.
Kara was most recently heard making her mainstage debut as Hänsel in Fargo-Moorhead Opera's production of Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, returning to the company after appearing as a Gate City Bank Young Artist in their 2019 productions of Così fan tutte (as Dorabella) and Carmen (as Mercédès). Following her residency in Fargo, Kara was heard with Mill City Summer Opera as part of their successful 7-show run of Così fan tutte, covering and singing Dorabella as part of Mill City's Opera for Young Audiences outreach performance and with Lakes Area Music Festival in their August production of Offenbach's La belle Hélène covering the title role.
In the spring of 2018, she was heard with the Minneapolis-based Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company in their production of Princess Ida, in which Kara "stunned" critics for "sublime singing and solid comedic acting" with her portrayal of Melissa (phenoMNal twin cities). Previously, Kara was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program and was heard in the 2017 productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Fledermaus, and The Golden Cockerel. Prior to Santa Fe, Kara was a member of the vocal studio belonging to The College Light Opera Company, where she first fell in love with operetta singing Mad Margaret in Ruddigore.
As a student, Kara enjoyed a wealth of onstage opportunities and realized roles such as Ottone (Agrippina), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), Katisha (The Mikado), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and the Old Prioress (Dialogues of the Carmelites) - which earned her acclaim for "[bringing] down the house in the first act" (Boston Music Intelligencer). Her time at the New England Conservatory provided Kara with incredible experiences, including participation in educational outreach in elementary schools around the Boston area, singing a lead role in a workshop production of Naga, a new opera written by Scott Wheeler, and singing Waltraute as part of "An Evening in Valhalla," a 2014 salute to Wagner during which she shared the stage with Jane Eaglen and Greer Grimsley. It would not be her only appearance in Jordan Hall - later that year, Kara was selected as one of three soloists appearing with the NEC Chamber Orchestra in an unconducted performance of Erik Satie's Socrate.
Kara quickly found a home in choral/orchestral works while attending Drake University, where she enjoyed singing with the two most selective choirs in the program. Drake's Concert and Chamber Choirs introduced Kara to every era of classical music from Carmina Burana to Ralph Vaughan Williams' Hodie, and their tours brought her to venues across the United States, the UK, and Ireland. Kara was a frequent soloist, most notably appearing as the rehearsal soloist for a performance of Mozart's Coronation Mass in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.
Kicking off her 2019-20 season with a role debut in Hänsel und Gretel, Kara continues with a debut with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota as a soloist in their presentation of French sacred choral works: The French Connection, her first performance of Handel's Messiah, and joining Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their 2020 Winter Festival season.
Kara is currently based in Minneapolis, where she studies with mezzo soprano Victoria Vargas and enjoys working on counted cross stitch, listening to NPR, perusing museums, and spending time with her family and her dog, Davos.
Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck
October 27 & 28, 2019
The French Connection
Crux Fidelis, Roger-Ducasse | Requiem, Duruflé
Oratorio Society of Minnesota
November 15, 2019
Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra
December 11, 2019
Così fan tutte, Mozart
March 22 & 24, 2019
Così fan tutte, Mozart
Mill City Summer Opera
July 12 - 24, 2019
Chorus | Dorabella (cover)
April 13 & 15, 2019
Chorus | Hélène (cover)
La belle Hélène, Offenbach
Lakes Area Music Festival
August 17 & 18, 2019
La Boheme, L'elisir d'amore, La Wally, Roméo et Juliette
January 4 - March 22, 2020