American soprano KAREN VUONG (Frasquita) is from Los Angeles. Vuong studied at UCLA, where she performed Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Despina in Così fan tutte, Emmie in Albert Herring, the “Somewhere” soloist in West Side Story, and Shoemaker’s Wife in Lorca Child of the Moon by Ian Krouse. She participated in the Domingo-Thornton LA Opera Young Artist program for two years.
Vuong’s 2006/07 debut season at LA Opera included the Voice of Shepherd Boy in Tannhäuser, Lady of Mahagonny in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea. In the 2007/08 season, she took part in a student matinee performance as Mimi in La bohème conducted by Plácido Domingo, First Playmate in The Dwarf, Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and Yvette in La Rondine. Vuong has been acknowledged in competitions including the 2007 Jose Iturbi Vocal Competition (semifinalist), the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition (Culturarte Award), and the 2004 Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition (The Geraldine & Ron Hoeffer Scholarship). Upcoming engagements include Lay Sister in Suor Angelica at LA Opera, and Sophie in Werther at Kentucky Opera.