Corona Serenades: Q&A with Kara Covey

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Meet Kara Covey, soprano (United States), singer for Corona Serenades


Kara Covey’s 2019-2020 engagements include the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Texas Concert Opera, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with the Varna Opera Festival, Micaëla (Carmen) with the Mediterranean Opera Festival, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Varna State Opera and Teatro Malinka, Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) with Texas Hill Country Opera, Billie in (Speed Dating Tonight!) with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Mimì and Musetta (La Bohéme) with the Morelia Opera Festival and the Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Varna State Opera. She has been granted a position in the Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s Gate City Bank Young Artist Program. Kara is a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Young Texas Artists’ Vocal Competition. On the concert stage, Kara has performed as a soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine University.

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How has the crisis affected you?

Like many artists, my spring season was cancelled and coming engagements this summer and fall are unclear.

What are your five favourite operas?

Verdi’s Otello, Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Puccini’s Turandot, Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. My favorite singers are Callas, Corelli, Tebaldi, Pavarotti, Tucker, Scotto, Leonard Warren, Freni, Hvorostovsky, Caballé, Moffo, Nilsson, and Price. My favorite singers of today are Sondra Radvanovsky, Ailyn Pérez, Isabel Leonard and Rachel Willis-Sorenson.

What movies, television shows and books do you recommend?

Right now, I’m rewatching The Handmaid’s Tale, reading Kintsugi Wellness by Candace Kumai and listening to the Ed Mylett Show podcast and whatever daily mixes my Spotify creates. I’ve also been getting back into German language study with Duolingo and staying active through biking, running, and strength workouts on the Peloton app.

Why did you join Corona Serenades?

We’re all in this difficult time together and if there is anything I can do to help others who are dealing with hardships, I definitely want to help!

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