Daveda Karanas

— Mezzo-Soprano

“As Liese, the mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas gave a richly textured performance, with a gleaming voice and first-class acting. She effectively communicated a person being overwhelmed by guilt, as her desperate rationalizations failed her.”
David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review, April 3, 2016 - Liese in 'The Passenger' at Florida Grand Opera

“Karanas made a memorable OTSL debut as Mother Marie of the Incarnation...She’s tall and commanding, with a big, gorgeous voice that’s seamless from top to bottom.”
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 20, 2014 - Mother Marie in 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

“Greek-American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas was compelling as the mysterious Kundry. Her voice combined clear silver and dark smoke as she alternated easily between half-mad guilt, seductive guile and serene redemption.”
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times, November 10, 2013 - Kundry in 'Parisfal' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

“Bluebeard’s Castle is after all a very long duet, ultimately successful only if both protagonists are on the same level. The considerable gamble the Maggio took by casting as Judit a young singer in the beginning phase of her career paid off handsomely. The Greek-American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas, making her European debut, managed not only not to look out of place opposite such an experienced artist as Goerne, but held her own, with a most passionate interpretation and a bright, almost piercing instrument that reflected the heroine’s youthful impulsiveness. The high C of the fifth door, a nightmare for so many mezzo-sopranos tackling this hybrid role, was splendidly nailed.”
Nicola Lischi, Opera Britannia, June 9, 2012 - Judit in 'Bluebeard's Castle' at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Greek-American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas has been hailed for her “capacious power” and “a voice lustrous and exciting.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

In the 2017-2018 season, Daveda Karanas will return to Arizona Opera and debut at Fort Worth Opera as Fricka in the Brian Staufenbiel production of Das Rheingold. Ms. Karanas will also make her New Orleans Opera debut as Hasbeena in Burlesque Opera of Tabasco. Last season Ms. Karanas returned to the Arizona Opera in her role debut as Jezibaba in Rusalka. Recently, she was seen as Lise in . . .

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