Helen Karloski, a Pittsburgh native, is an in-demand mezzo-soprano based in New York City. A versatile artist, she is at home in a variety of musical styles including, opera, oratorio, chamber, choral, and musical theater. Ms. Karloski performs regularly with several New York ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Virtuoso Singers, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Nationally she has the pleasure of singing with Conspirare, Handel and Haydn Society, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Tucson Chamber Artists. She has had the honor of singing under the baton of many distinguished conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Helmuth Rilling, Craig Hella Johnson, Louis Langrèe, Ricardo Muti, Nicholas McGegan, Iván Fischer, and Robert Page.
As a soloist, Ms. Karloski made her Lincoln Center debut singing Mozart’s Solemn Vespers with Iván Fischer and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Concert appearances include Bach’s Mattäus-passion with Conspirare and St. Andrew’s Music Society, Vivaldi’sGloria with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Theresiennemesse and Mendelssohn’s Geistliche Lieder with Voices of Ascension, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Tucson Chamber Artists, and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Delaware Valley Chorale and the Summit Valley Chorale.
Favorite opera and theater performances include The Cunning Little Vixen (Hen) with the New York Philharmonic, My Fair Lady starring Kelsey Grammar and Kelli O’Hara also with the New York Philharmonic, Les Hugeunots (Jeune Fille) and Oresteia with the Bard SummerScape Festival, Golijov’s Ainadamar with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Pirates of Penzance and The Who’s Tommy (Mrs. Simpson) with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Crazy for You (Irene) with College Light Opera Company, and the New York City premiere of Elliot Goldentha’s Grendel, directed by Academy Award-nominated Juie Taymor.
Upcoming performances in the 2014-2015 season include Brahm’s Alto Rhapsody with the St. Andrew Music Society, Songs My Mother Taught Me, a collaborative recital with soprano, Katherine Wessinger and pianist, Elizabeth Hastings, celebrating female relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, Brahm’sLiebeslieder at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, a Western tour through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and several appearances with Conspirare including the premiere of Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are, in the spring of 2015.
Ms. Karloski holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a proud member of AEA and AGMA.