Jodi Karem

Jodi Karem

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

"Jodi Karem gave perhaps one of the finest performances I have witnessed, not just stylistically, but in every other way – acting, emotion, facial expression, body movement."
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Concert performances include:  Carnegie Hall, Louisville Orchestra, Performance Santa Fe, Dayton Philharmonic and with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  Ms. Karem has performed in both mainstgage and young artist programs with such opera companies  as Utah Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Center for Contemporary Opera, Long Leaf Opera, Opera Grand Avignon, Bronx Opera, Inner-Cities Opera, Cape Cod Opera, and Apotheosis Opera.  Roles include:  Tosca, Turandot, Venus, and Lady Macbeth.

Ms. Karem has been described as having a rich sound and creamy legato as well as being a sensitive performer.  She performs in both opera and concert in a variety of roles throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, Ms. Karem was praised for her portrayal of Venus  in Wagner's Dresden version of Tannhauser with Apotheosis Opera in New York.   "Jodi Karem inhabited her role with seductive tone and movements." Voce di meche .  She has performed Eboli with La Forza dell'Opera, Flora with The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Carmen with Opera New York and the Witch from Hansel & Gretel with Bronx Opera.  Ms. Karem premiered the role of Lady Mabel with the Center for Contemporary Opera's production of The Secret Agent in New York City, the European debut with the Armel Festival in Hungary as well as in Avignon, France at Opera Grand Avignon.  The release of The Secret Agent CD features Ms. Karem as part of the debut cast.  Past roles include Santuzza and Carmen with Cape Cod Opera, Cenerentola with Springfield Regional Opera, Olga in Union Avenue Opera's production of Eugene Onegin, Ericka in Long Leaf Opera's production of Vanessa and Suzuki with Skylight Opera.  In a performance of Santuzza with Cape Cod Opera, Ms. Karem's performance was described as "one of the finest performances I have witnessed, not just stylistically, but in every other way - acting, emotion, facial expression, body movement." (  Other opera roles performed include:  Cherubino, Hansel, Orlofsky, Celcilia March, Mother (Amahl & the Night Visitors) and Charlotte.  Ms. Karem was commended on her portrayal of Erika as she "conveyed Erika's complex mixture of idealism, inhibitions and tortured anguish with a firmly focused voice."  (Classical Voice of North Carolina)  Her Erika was also praised when "Ms. Karem's Erika rightly centered the show, her rich, clear mezzo easily encompassing the character's passionate outbursts and private doubts."  In a performance of Carmen with Cape Cod Opera, Ms. Karem is "just what we hoped to see in this role.  Indeed, Ms. Karem brought to the role the zest and sex appeal that Carmen is supposed to have...she combined a smooth vocal performance with strong sensual physicality and melded the two in our minds and kept everyone's attention whenever she was on stage."  (

Concert performances include a recent performance at Carnegie Hall as the Alto Soloist in Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, as alto soloist at Carnegie Hall in Mozart's Requiem, alto soloist in the Dayton Philharmonic's Messiah, a concert and master class at Wabash College, as soloist with the Palm Beach Theatre Guild,  Waukegan Public Library Concert Series, Northwest Community Church Concert Series, and Carmen preview concerts with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  Ms. Karem has been a prize winner and scholarship recipient with Opera Columbus Competition, National Opera Association, Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition, Aspen Music Festival, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute and Opera Thetare of Lucca.  Young artist programs include Natchez Opera Festival, Cincinnati Opera Outreach Ensemble, Utah Opera, and Aspen Opera Theatre.  Ms. Karem also performs in recital throughout the United States.  Performances include two Spanish music concerts in Chicago, Racine Arts Council, a recital at Chicago's prestigious Fourth Presbyterian Church, with the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Ms. Karem also had the opportunity to perform as a solo artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild's "Spinning Strauss" Master Class Series with Jane Marsh as well as for the Lincoln Center Patrons.  Ms. Karem has appeared as a solo artist with theLouisville Orchestra under Maestro Mester.  She sang selections from Les Nuits d'Ete and La Regata Veneziana.  Along with opera and concert works, Ms. Karem enjoys performing new music.  She was in the premier cast of Zachary Wadsworth's Venus and Adonis with Long Leaf Opera.  Together with performing, Ms. Karem creates children's plays to give schools an affordable opportunity to teach performing arts to children all over the United States.

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