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Karen Slack



Soprano Karen Slack is celebrated for not only her powerful performances, but also her dedication to change in classical music. A recipient of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Slack is an artistic advisor to Portland Opera, serves on the board of the American Composers Orchestra and Astral Artists, and holds a faculty position at the Banff Centre.

In addition to her New York Philharmonic debut, Slack’s 2023–24 season highlights include performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Detroit, Pacifica Quartet, and the Festival Internacional de Música Sacra Bogotá in Colombia. She embarks on a new recording project in collaboration with ONEComposer and pianist Michelle Cann, to be released on Azica Records, and debuts her new commissioning project African Queens, a recital of new art songs by Jasmine Barnes, Damien Geter, Jessie Montgomery, Shawn Okpebholo, Dave Ragland, Carlos Simon, and Joel Thompson. She completed a residency with Babson College in March 2024.

Slack’s career reflects a dedication to elevating works by living composers, particularly Black artists, including through numerous world premieres. She has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Scottish Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, among others, and with major ensembles including the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Bergen and St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestras. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and performed as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in the world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s Healing Tones.

A native Philadelphian, Slack is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.

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