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 art, languages, and characters of opera.
Kara began her 2019/20 season with a return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera, making her mainstage debut as Hansel in their fall production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She made debuts with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, appearing in their program of French sacred music, most notably singing the alto solo in Duruflé’s Requiem, and with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra as a recipient of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, appearing as the mezzo soloist in their presentation of Handel’s Messiah.
This summer, Kara was slated to return to Mill City Summer Opera singing Giovanna and covering Maddalena in their July production of Verdi’s Rigoletto and join Lakes Area Music Festival as an inaugural Vocal Fellow covering the role of Mary in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer - the productions were both cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In the fall, Kara hopes to begin work with Journey North Opera singing Taller Zegner Daughter in the Minnesota premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up.
In the 2018/19 season, Kara made role and company debuts with Fargo-Moorhead Opera singing Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Mercédès in Carmen, Mill City Summer Opera covering Dorabella, and the Lakes Area Music Festival covering the title role of Offenbach’s La belle Hélène.
Other performed roles of note include Ottone (Agrippina), Madame de Croissy (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Mrs. Soames (Our Town). On the concert stage, Kara has been heard as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Erik Satie’s Socrate. No stranger to operetta, Kara has notably sung the roles of Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), Katisha (The Mikado), and Melissa (Princess Ida). She is a graduate of Drake University and the New England Conservatory as well as apprenticeships with the College Light Opera Company, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Sarasota Opera and Santa Fe Opera.
Kara is currently based in the Twin Cities, 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.
Giovanna | Maddalena*
Mill City Summer Opera
July 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 2020
Saint Paul, MN
Der fliegende Holländer, Platée
Lakes Area Music Festival
August 8, 9, 14, 16, 2020
Taller Zegner Daughter
Proving Up, Missy Mazzoli (MN premiere)
Journey North Opera
October 2 & 3, 2020