Karina Kallas is an exceptionally versatile Los Angeles soprano defined by her diverse experience and training in the arts. She received her musical instruction from Occidental College (BA), California Institute of the Arts (MFA), and the University of Southern California (PhD candidate) where she studied a variety of musical genres including modern, avante-garde, opera, chant, classical, and baroque vocal styles. Her diverse training has allowed her to move regularly between the modern and early music worlds, as exemplified by appearances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Los Angeles Festival of Microtonal Music and the RedCat Theater at Disney Hall with Meredith Monk. She has performed in numerous operas such as Giasone (Hypsipile), Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), The Magic Flute (Papagena), and in the U.S. premiere of R. Murray Schafer's Loving in the leading role of Love.
As a recording artist, Karina Kallas first appeared on D'Ye Hear the News, a 2011 collaboration between Yale University Press and the USC Institute for Early Modern Studies, that served to document selections from the 1689 London Popery Music Collections. She has been featured on a variety of recordings including the 2015 Quindecim Recordings release of new composiitons by Mexican composer José Gurria-Cardenas, a CD of incidental music to literature by Eric K.M. Clark, and she will partner with Orenda Records in 2016 to record and release compositions by contemporary Los Angeles composers.