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Kara Mulder

"life is a lot like jazz.. it's best when you improvise." -George Gershwin


Artist Bio

Kara Mulder, a soprano from Philadelphia, is currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. She attended The Eastman School of Music for her undergraduate degree followed by the University of Michigan for her Master’s degree. During her studies, Kara performed as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Upper Dublin Choristers. She also appeared as the soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with The University of Michigan Symphonic Orchestra. December 2018, Kara was the first place recipient of the Kennett Square Symphony Orchestra Competition. Recently, Kara appeared as the soloist in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel's Messiah with The Choristers. Kara was a first place winner of the Barry Alexander Vocal Competition 2019 and made her Carnegie Hall Debut singing in the Winner's Recital. Operatic roles she has performed include Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rusalka in Rusalka, Anna in Le Villi, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Conception in L’here Espagnole and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte. Summer of 2019, Kara competed in the Bologna International Opera Competition winning a Special Award. This coming summer of 2020 Kara will be participating in Opera Saratoga's Young Artist Program where she will be the cover for Cio-cio san in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. She will perform the role of Elder in the ground-breaking new work Sky on Swings.


Upcoming performances

Winter Recital at The Academy of Vocal Arts

January 14th and 16th, Tickets at https://www.avaopera.org

Verdi Requiem Chorus with Opera Philadelphia

January 31st and February 2nd 2020 

Grand Prize Winner's Recital February 23rd, 2020

Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

New York, NY

To Be Certain of the Dawn, Soprano Soloist May 3rd, 2020 

Singing City and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra 

Elkins Park, PA

Young Artist with Opera Saratoga, Summer 2020

Saratoga Springs, NY



Le Nozze di Figaro

The Academy of Vocal Arts

Photos by: Paul Sirochman

"Mulder filled the house with tonal warmth and expressive phrasing" - The Chestnut Hill Local


"Mulder’s “Song to the Moon” was ethereal, and her laments in the middle of Act II and at the start of Act III were passionately involving. She made us realize the vocal possibilities of the role, eclipsing the thinner, lighter renditions in the Metropolitan’s recent Rusalka productions..."

-Steve Cohen

Photo: Don Valentino 

Rusalka at the Academy of Vocal Arts


"Ms. Mulder projects her voice with strength, but also with a warmth that is distinctly her own. She has an excellent dramatic sense, using the entire stage as she engages the audience."

-Jeffrey Williams for New York Concert Review; Carnegie Hall New York, NY



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