M.M in Vocal Performance, Northwestern University
B.M.E., Illinois Wesleyan University
Karen Huffstodt has enjoyed a distinguished international operatic career that has encompassed the dramatic soprano heroines of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner.
Known for her intense characterizations and extraordinary stage presence, she has graced the stages of the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Australian Opera.
Miss Huffstodt is equally at home on the concert stage in repertoire which includes Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Holderlin Hymnen, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, and Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, to name a few.
She has worked under the batons of such notable conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Placido Domingo, Valerie Gergiev, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Jeffrey Tate, and Simone Young.
Her recordings include the title role in Strauss’s Salome (in the rarely performed French version) under the baton of Kent Nagano for Virgin Records. She also recorded the role of Giulia in Spontini’s La Vestale for Sony, with Maestro Riccardo Muti conducting.
She has a B.M.E from Illinois Wesleyan University (Summa cum laude) and completed her M.M in Vocal Performance at Northwestern University. She was the recipient of the Gold Debut Artist Award at New York City Opera and First Place Winner of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, which sent her to study in Florence, Italy with Tito Gobbi.
Miss Huffstodt is also a member of the Voice Faculty at Lehigh University.