Karis Tucker is an up-and-coming mezzo-soprano known for her rich, powerful voice.
She has been appreciated on stage at The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and The Old Lady in Candide. Her performance as Madame de la Haltière in CCM’s 2016 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon brought her recognition as “hilarious and impressive” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Recent roles also include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, and Gertrud (The Mother) in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Southern Opera and Musical Theatre. In 2018 she covered the role of Mother Chen in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis production of Huang Ruo’s new opera American Soldier.
Karis Tucker is the winner of the 2019 Curt Engelhorn Scholarship awarded by the Opera Foundation, which granted her a 2019-2020 season contract with Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will be heard on stage in roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercédès in Carmen, Flora in La Traviata, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Barena in Jenufa, among others.
Upcoming engagements include the role of Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at CCM, and covering the role of The Old Lady in Candide at Des Moines Metro Opera as a 2019 season Apprentice Artist, before her debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Karis is also a founding member of the duo Ata:Coda, where she performs art songs and collaborates with contemporary composers internationally.
Karis pursued her Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Amy Johnson, where she also earned her Master’s degree. She was honored as a 2017 and 2018 Ohio District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was also the 2017 recipient of the Seybold-Russell Award in the CCM Opera Scholarship Competition.