The reviews are in for Minnie

in

Puccini's La Fanciulla del West!

"Soprano Karen Kanakis as Minnie handled the expressive swings the part demands with skill and grace; in the second act she reveals to Johnson her vulnerabilities with vocal charisma, yet by the end of the scene after she beats Sheriff Rance in the ultra-high stakes card game, her powerful voice renders the emotional growth of her character, easily penetrating the incredible wall of sound generated by conductor Dario Salvi and the orchestra."

---

"When I heard Karen Kanakis in a supporting role two years ago in L'elisir d'amore I wrote that I wanted "to hear that lovely voice in a much larger role." Well, a wish come true! Here she is as Minnie, the centerpiece of Fanciulla, and she triumphs in the role."

---

"Especially delightful was Karen Kanakis in the title role. Not only is her voice strong and smoothly superb but her acting was solid throughout. Paired with Jorge Pita Carreras... [they] made handsome work of their impressive duets together, merging her soaring soprano with his mellow tenor in affecting fashion."

---

"Soprano Karen Kanakis... is just perfect as Minnie, with a drop-dead gorgeous voice and acting that is never less than credible"

 


2020 Performances

Stay Tuned! Most performances through July 2020 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Hopefully there will be updates soon about remaining 2020 and 2021 performances. 

 

--

March 8 and 10, 2020

Minnie in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West 

with Winter Opera Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)

https://www.winteroperastl.org/fanciulla-del-west/

--

 


2019 Performances

--

November 3rd, 2019, 3:00pm

Featured Soloist: 

Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate! 

Bellini's "Casta diva" from Norma

J. Strauss' "Csardas" from Die Fledermaus

with the Forte Chamber Orchestra

Bonhomme Presbyterian Church

14820 Conway Road

Chesterfield, MO  63017

--

September 27, 2019

Winter Opera Saint Louis Fall Gala

https://www.winteroperastl.org/performance/fall-gala/

--

22, 2019, 7:30pm

"Journeys of the Spirit" 

Art Song Recital with Jacob Lassetter, baritone,

and Nancy Mayo, piano

Sponsored by St. Louis Art Song

The Gatesworth

One McKnight Place

St. Louis, MO 63124

 

--

March 3, 2019, 2:00pm

"Journeys of the Spirit" 

Art Song Recital with Jacob Lassetter, baritone,

and Nancy Mayo, piano

Sponsored by St. Louis Art Song

Union Ave Christian Church

733 N Union Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63108


--

February 24, 2019, 4:00 pm

Joint Recital with Jacob Lassetter, baritone,

and Nancy Mayo, piano

Winifred Moore Auditorium - Webster University

Click here for more information

 

--

February 17, 2019, 3:00 pm

"Journeys of the Spirit" 

Art Song Recital with Jacob Lassetter, baritone,

and Nancy Mayo, piano

Sponsored by St. Louis Art Song

First Presbyterian Church

3601 Ridgeview Rd

Edwardsville, IL 62025


--

2018 Performances

--

December 16, 2018 

Soprano Soloist in the 'Symphony of Toys' Holiday Concert

with Missouri Symphony Orchestra (Columbia, MO)

http://themosy.org/events-tickets/symphony-toys-holiday-concert/

--

November 9 and 11, 2018

Rosalinde in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus

with Winter Opera Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)

https://www.winteroperastl.org/

 

--

September 28, 2018

Winter Opera Saint Louis Fall Gala

https://www.winteroperastl.org/performance/fall-gala-2/

--

27, 28, August 3,4, 2018

Anna in Verdi's Nabucco

with Union Avenue Opera (St. Louis, MO)

https://unionavenueopera.org/2018-festival-season-2/

 

--

June 16, 2018 

Soprano Soloist in the Verdi Requiem

with Missouri Symphony Orchestra (Columbia, MO)

http://themosy.org/concert/verdi-requiem/

 

--

March 9 and 11, 2018

Gianetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

with Winter Opera Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)

 

 

Photo by Jeannie Liautaud