About the artist

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. In 2019 she received the Alphonso Cavaliere Memorial Award in Philadelphia. Kara has also appeared as the soloist in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel's Messiah with The Choristers.

 

Most recently in 2020, Kara was the first prize winner of the Giargiari Competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Kara was the grand prize winner of the Barry Alexander Vocal Competition in 2019 and made her Carnegie Hall Debut singing a solo recital in the beautiful Weill Hall. 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. In summer of 2020 Kara participated in Opera Saratoga's Virtual Young Artist Program whose video performances can be found online. 

"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..."

"Mulder filled the house with tonal warmth and expressive phrasing" 

While Rachmaninoff’s genius for song is indisputable, it still requires a gifted artist to bring that genius out to its fullest. Ms. Mulder is that artist."