Karina (soprano) is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator, and director. Karina is a co-founder and co-director of the new, grassroots opera company, Killer Queen Opera, and is a founding member of the New York-based vocal ensemble Musica Vera.
Karina received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and Music Education Certification for instrumental and vocal instruction from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. She now performs, directs, and and teaches in New York City's five boroughs.
Karina's performance career as a multi-disciplinary artist, practicing many disciplines, such as musical theater, dance, opera, and other performance art. She upholds a special interest in early, Baroque, and Renaissance music. Karina has performed with companies such as Pittsburgh Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Oberlin School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Performance highlights include the role Calisto in La Calisto (Cavalli), Drusilla in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Oberto in Alcina (Handel), Ida in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) In addition to her operatic repertoire, Karina is also an active member and soloist in New York City's Canticum Novum Singers, directed by Maestro Harold Rosenbaum, and continues her role as a founding member in the NYC-based vocal ensemble Musica Vera. Her past choral work includes performances under the direction of internationally renowned conductors Manfred Honeck (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Gary Wedow (Juilliard), conductor and violinist Andrés Cárdenes, and many more. Before moving to New York, Karina was the section leader and soloist at the Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a soloist in churches throughout New York City.
Currently, Karina is a Resident Teaching Artist and Educator Assistant at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. She also runs her own private teaching studio providing vocal and piano lessons for students of all ages and experience levels.
When not teaching or performing, Karina likes to paint, read, and travel!