Karen Bruestle makes her Lyric Rep debut as Edith Bouvier Beale in Grey Gardens!
Karen has enjoyed a rich and varied career that includes opera, oratorio, recital, musical theatre, and concert works throughout the United States and Canada. She has performed a variety of opera roles which include Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the roles of Susanna and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Karen's most recent musical theatre role performed was Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Her recital appearances include the complete songs of Henri Duparc performed widely in Arizona, as well as performances of Robert Schumann's Liederkreis Op. 39 on the St. Paul, Minnesota Chamber Concert Series and on the Temple Square Recital Series in Salt Lake City.
Karen has premiered the works of such composers as Judith Cloud, Michael Cunningham, and Mark Henderson. She appeared as the soprano guest artist with the Utah Symphony on the Holiday Pops Concert with conductor Jerry Steichen.
Karen has been a featured guest artist with the Arizona New Music Ensemble in performances of George Crumb's Night of the Four Moons, and as guest soprano soloist of Bach and Handel arias with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis. She has been a frequent guest artist for the Bonneville Chamber Festival Series at Weber State University, as well as soprano soloist in The Messiah with The Oratorio Society of Utah.
Karen has taught vocal master classes from New York, to Hawaii, and has served on the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national board as the Cal-Western Regional Governor.
Karen holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Arizona State University. She has taught on the voice faculties of Northern Arizona University and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since 2001, Karen has been Director of Voice and Opera at Weber State University where her directing credits include such operas as The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, and The Marriage of Figaro.