Kaarin Cecilia Phelps


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About Kaarin

Mezzo-soprano, Kaarin Cecilia Phelps, garners enthusiastic praise from critics and peers for both her dramatic and hilarious interpretation of diverse repertoire. This season, Kaarin will take on various roles with the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston and elsewhere in the community.

Career Highlights

Last season, she excelled in such roles as Clarissa in Prokofiev´s The Love for Three Oranges, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri and Lady Sneerwell in the American premiere of Robert Nelson’s The School for Scandal.

After her professional debut in 2015 as La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Connecticut, Kaarin sang the Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Hartt Opera Theatre and was lauded for her natural stage presence. At The Hartt School, she was also seen as Olga Olsen in Kurt Weill's Street Scene and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Kaarin performed in in the 2015 Musica e Musica Festival in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy, where she performed concerts and scenes as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Maddelena in Rigoletto, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.

In 2016, Kaarin joined the Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Phobia in Seymour Barab's La Pizza con Funghi. She has also performed with Hartford Opera Theatre, as Betty Parris in The Crucible and in the American premiere of Kevin Malone's Mysterious 44, which she performed at the historic Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.

Experienced in concert works as well, Kaarin has appeared as a soloist for Mahler's Leider eines fahrenden gesellen, Haydn's Paukenmesse and the Mozart Requiem. She has on various occasions been the alto soloist of Handel's Messiah.

Awards and Recognition

  • First place, concerto competition Moores School of Music
  • First place, San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club Young Artist Competition
  • Third place, 2018 Ruth Burr Vocal Competition with the Houston Tuesday Musical Club
  • Finalist, 2016 and 2017 American Opera Idol Competition
  • Third place, 2017 Amy Jane and James Cohen Artist Encouragement Award
  • Encouragement Award, Opera Connecticut's Amici Competition
  • Encouragement Award, Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Competition with Mobile Opera
  • Finalist, 2018 Kristin Lewis Foundation Scholarship Competition.

Kaarin Cecilia Phelps is a current Master of Music candidate at the University of Houston, and holds a Bachelor's degree from The Hartt School.