Kara Bishop - Coloratura Soprano
In the very few years since making her professional debut, lyric-coloratura soprano, Kara Bishop, has firmly established her position among the Opera World’s brightest hopes for the future.
In Autumn 2011, immediately following completing her degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado - where she performed leading roles in Don Giovanni (Zerlina,) Elisir d’Amore (Adina,) and Cosi fan tutte (Despina) - Miss Bishop moved to central Germany. Performances as Poussette in Manon, brought her to the attention of international tenor star, Keith Ikaia-Purdy; he, in turn, promptly engaged her as principal coloratura soprano for his newly formed opera company “Opera et Cetera.” Since then Miss Bishop has been featured on German television, and has performed concerts all throughout central Germany, including notable invitations from the Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Theater Dolce - Bad Nauheim, the Johannisberg Schloss, the Biebrich Schloss and the Rheingauer Dom - each among the region’s most prestigious concert locales.
During this same brief period, Kara Bishop has earned a stellar reputation as a gifted lied and art-song recitalist. Through her critically acclaimed, thematically based recital evenings, Kara Bishop has succeeded in reestablishing in the Rheingau Region the “Salon Concert” tradition, once closely associated with the great coloratura singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The charm of these concert evenings has led to ever-increasing demands on Miss Bishop as a recitalist, and as a specialist in the nearly forgotten coloratura song literature once favored by Amelita Galli-Curci, Luisa Tetrazzini and Erna Sack. Composer Luigi Arditi’s lilting waltz-songs are particular favorites of Kara Bishops growing fan base.
In the summer of 2014, Kara Bishop was one of a select group of young singers drawn from throughout the world to appear with the Greek Opera Studio under the auspices of the Festival of the Aegean, in Syros Greece. In addition to performing the daunting fioratura of the Nightingale in Debussy’s L’Enfant des Sortileges, Kara Bishop performed extensive excerpts from Werther (as Sophie,) and Don Giovanni (as Zerlina,). The previous spring, saw Kara Bishop’s California concert debut in an Opera Gala performed with MET star, Eduardo Villa, presented on the campus of the California Opera Academy of the West. This past summer Miss Bishop was engaged to sing a concert tour in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Finally, Kara Bishop’s nimble voice, excellent musicianship and clear diction make her an ideal soloist in the sacred works of Bach, Handel and Mozart; demand for her in this repertoire has led to engagements throughout Germany and beyond.
Kara Bishop has attended master-classes and coaching from such renowned artists as Sue Patchell, Eilana Lappalainen, Graham Cox, Alexander Scherer, Kelly Kaduce.