Kara Cornell

Pre-College Faculty

New York native Kara Cornell is an active and versatile performer who is known as “a singer who can balance impeccable production and phrasing with enthusiastic and colorful dramatics.” (Berkshire Review for the Arts) Her expressive portrayal of roles and clear English diction has hailed her “accomplished and electrifying” (Opera Insider) with roles ranging from a “totally endearing” Cinderella (St. Petersburg Times) to a “seductive, wounded, damaged and dangerous” Carmen (The Troy Record).

Classic operatic roles that Kara has recently performed include CARMEN (Hubbard Hall Opera Theater NY, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Long Island Opera, St. Petersburg Opera FL, Opera at The Madison Theatre NY), “Orfeo” in ORFEO ED EURIDICE (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Mosaic-Arts NY) and “Rosina” in BARBER OF SEVILLE (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Raylynmor Opera NH). Contemporary roles performed include “Dinah” in TROUBLE IN TAHITI (Union Avenue Opera MO, Resonance Works | Pittsburgh, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra), “Minskwoman” in Jonathan Dove’s FLIGHT (Opera Fayetteville AK), “Eliza Doolittle” in MY FAIR LADY (Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts NY, CMPAC NY), “Cinderella” in INTO THE WOODS (St. Petersburg Opera) and “Beth” in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Hubbard Hall Theater Co).

Kara’s concert repertoire is also robust, with alto soloist experience in the classic genre of Bach and Handel oratorio, as well as contemporary works like Karl Jenkin’s STABAT MATER, where she was hailed “superb” for her ability to switch vocal styles at the drop of a hat (Schenectady Gazette). Kara can be heard as soloist in the recording of Nancy Galbraith’s SACRED SONGS AND INTERLUDES, and recently sang alongside PDQ Bach in a hilarious New Years Pops Concert with the Cape Cod Symphony.

Kara balances her national performing with her other musical passion: teaching. Kara has maintained a private voice studio for over 15 years with students ranging from total beginners to professional colleagues. Kara first started teaching privately in her native Long Island while earning her masters degree at Stony Brook University. She then moved to upstate New York and maintained a studio in Albany and was a voice instructor in the musical theater department at Russell Sage College. In 2015 Kara relocated to Pittsburgh, and in the summer of 2016 she returned to her alma-mater, Carnegie Mellon University, as a voice teacher in the school of drama’s pre-college program. She also joined the musical theater and voice faculty at Seton Hill University in 2018.

In addition to private lessons, Kara is also often hired to lead masterclasses in vocal and dramatic coachings through organizations like Eastern NY NATS Chapter, The Emma Willard School, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Hubbard Hall Opera Conservatory and Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA). On the college level, Kara has been a teaching recitalist at The University of Albany, Skidmore College, and Southwestern University. You can learn more about Kara’s via her