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Daveda Karanas

  • Mezzo-Soprano


Daveda Karanas press reviews

“Daveda Karanas substituted for Dolora Zajick who was ill. Karanas won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 and was later awarded an Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. She has a smooth, buttery quality to her voice and she sang the aria, ‘La luce langue,’ from Verdi’s Macbeth with considerable dramatic power. Her rendition of ‘O don fatale' from the same composer’s Don Carlo soared over the orchestration with sumptuous tones as did her lines in the Bellini duet ‘Mira, o Norma’.” —Maria Nockin, Opera Today, March 17, 2010 - "Concert of Arias" with Christine Brewer, Richard Margison, and Gordon Hawkins at Arizona Opera

“And just before the end came what was probably the evenings finest offering, a solo from Meyerbeer’s “Le Prophète” done with capacious power and vaunting athleticism by mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas. To hear her unleash those dark-hued, precisely placed tones in the service of an emotionally probing performance was a rare delight.” —Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 2007 - Merola Program Grand Finale

“Daveda Karanas, a 28 year-old mezzo-soprano from Louisiana, offered formidable performances of arias by Meyerbeer and Purcell (a gripping “When I am Laid in Earth” from “Dido and Aeneas”) —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 2008 - 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals