Kara Goodrich, soprano, is from Philadelphia and a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts. She attended The Eastman School of Music for her undergraduate degree followed by the University of Michigan for her Master’s degree.
Recently, Kara made her role debut as Mimi in La Boheme, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Micaela in Carmen. Other operatic roles she has performed include Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rusalka in Rusalka, Anna in Le Villi, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Conception in L’here Espagnole, and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte. In addition to AVA some of the opera companies Kara has worked for include Philadelphia Opera, Annapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera and more.
Kara has performed as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Upper Dublin Choristers. She also appeared as the soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with The University of Michigan Symphonic Orchestra. December 2018, Kara was the first place recipient of the Kennett Square Symphony Orchestra Competition. In 2019 she received the Alphonso Cavaliere Memorial Award in Philadelphia. Kara has also appeared as the soloist in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel's Messiah with The Choristers.
Kara was a finalist in the Giulio Gari Competition in 2023. In 2020, Kara was the first prize winner of the Giargiari Competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Kara was the grand prize winner of the Barry Alexander Vocal Competition in 2019 and made her Carnegie Hall Debut singing a solo recital in the beautiful Weill Hall. Summer of 2019, Kara competed in the Bologna International Opera Competition winning a Special Award. Kara was a District Winner in the 2020 MONC Auditions. In 2021 Kara was a finalist and Third Prize winner of the Mario Lanza Competition in Philadelphia.
Kara is the soloist for the 2023 Fall concerts.