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2013 Art Song faculty
Mezzo-soprano Karen Lykes has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Central America with orchestras and choral societies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, New Japan Philharmonic, Shinsei Nihon Symphony, Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the National Chamber Orchestra Society. She has worked with an array of conductors including Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Petr Altrichter, Luciano Berio, Carl St. Clair, Thomas Dunn, Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa and Maxim Shostakovich.
Her repertoire spans the Baroque to the Contemporary, including Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, R_ckert Lieder and Symphony No. 4 and Bernstein's Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah.” Equally at home in musical theatre, she has also performed the works of Gershwin, Kern, Weill/Brecht, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Sondheim in concert.
As a member of the American Vocal Arts Quintet, Lykes won 2nd Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She has been a finalist in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the recipient of a Vocal Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, and the winner of the Franz Schubert Prize for Excellence in Interpretation of the Lied in Austria. An active recitalist, she has most recently presented concerts in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Costa Rica and Japan, as well as for the Virginia Art Song Society and The American Schubert Institute.
Her recordings include the vocal chamber music of Brahms, Massenet, Schumann and Boulanger for Titanic Records with the American VocalArts Quintet, and songs of Charles Ives for Koch International Classics with the Detroit Chamber Winds.
Students of Karen's have performed with New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Essen Opera, Pacific Opera, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Merola Opera, Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, Eugene Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera; as well as in numerous regional theaters and national tours.
Her students include nominees for the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance, Tony Award for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. Lykes has served on the voice faculties of the University of Michigan, New York University and Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute in Oregon. She has served as a Vocal Consultant to the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera since 2007.