Karen Hughes Beacom
"On the whole the singing was first-rate...this was especially true with Hughes, who capably anchored this cast. She already has a strong voice and an amazingly mature stage presence." OMAHA WORLD HERALD
With a voice and stage presence described as "warm and lyrical with a lot of dramatic power," Karen Hughes Beacom is making a name for herself on the opera and concert stage. Her career has crossed borders, with international performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China as the soprano soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Tianjin Symphony and as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Joseph Rescigno in Novafeltria, Bellaria and Sant'Archangelo, Italy. Ms. Beacom also performs regularly with the Sault Symphony in Ontario, Canada, with solo appearances in Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and in Orff's Carmina Burana.
This versatile soprano has performed leading roles in La Bohème, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte, O Pioneers!, Madama Butterfly, and Hansel and Gretel, among others. Her opera credits include Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Omaha, Sun Valley Opera, DuPage Opera Theatre, and the Chautauqua Institution.
Ms. Beacom founded the Soo Opera in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 2006. Fully staged productions with orchestra include Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute with additional opera and broadway reviews entitled That's Amore and A Grand Night for Singing.
Ms. Beacom serves as the Artistic Director of the Soo Theatre , is an adjunct professor of music at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and is the Director of Music at Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island.
Karen holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincolnwhere she studied under Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano, Ariel Bybee. A student of Bybee's in New York City, Karen followed her mentor and teacher to earn her degree in the field of opera. Karen previously earned a Bachelor's Degree in Harp Performance from DePauw University.
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