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 Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, 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, as Gerdine Young Artist, she covered the role of Mother Chen in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis production of Huang Ruo’s new opera American Soldier, and in 2019 she covered The Old Lady in Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Candide, as an Apprentice Artist. 

Karis Tucker is the winner of the 2019 Curt Engelhorn Scholarship awarded by the Opera Foundation in New York, 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.  

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. 

Photo by Caitlin and Kevin Photography

Photo by Caitlin and Kevin Photography

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