American coloratura soprano Kira Kaplan has been praised for "youthful allure and charming tone" and her "vocal confidence and comfortable stage presence" (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
Praised for her "vocal power", "youthful allure", and "clear, piercing, coloratura virtuosity," American soprano Kira Kaplan is an exciting young coloratura soprano who truly feels alive on the stage. For the 2023/2024 season she joins the UK National Opera Studio as a Young Artist. She was most recently seen as the New England Region Finalist and Boston District Winner of the 2023 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Council Auditions and the First Place Winner of the Artist Division in the 2022 Camille Coloratura Competition. Spring and summer 2023 featured several title role debuts including Alcina in Handel’s Alcina with the Boston Opera Institute and Violetta Valery in Verdi’s La Traviata with Brevard Music Center and the Janiec Opera Company. In April 2022, Kira made her Symphony Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Brahms' German Requiem under the baton of conductor James Burton.
In fall 2022, Kira starred in Ned Rorem's Our Town to rave reviews, being hailed for her "captivating tone", and "peerless, gargantuan singing". Her 2021/2022 season featured exciting role debuts including Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Diana in If I Were You (Heggie), and Harriet Beecher Stowe in the Boston premiere of Kamala Sankaram's The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace, all with the Boston Opera Institute. She was slated to debut with the Ohio Light Company in Summer 2020 as the Princess Fantasia in Offenbach’s rarely performed Le Voyage dans la lune, but performances were unfortunately canceled due to COVID 19. Previous roles also include Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Le Feu/Le Rossignol (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), and Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas).
Active in the competition circuit, in 2023 Kira was announced as a winner of the highly competitive Boston District of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Council Auditions, and was a stipend winner and Finalist of the New England Region. In 2022 Kira was the First Place Winner of the Camille Coloratura Competition, a Regional Finalist and winner of the North Carolina District of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and the William W. Watkins Encouragement Award winner of the Annapolis Opera Competition. Kira was the Third place winner in the 2021 Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2020 MI Opera Competition. She has also been a Semifinalist in the 2022 Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition as well as the 2022 Jensen Foundation Competition.
Justly at home on the concert stage, Ms. Kaplan has enjoyed singing as the soprano soloist in several concert works. Most recently, she made her Boston Symphony Hall premiere as the soprano soloist in Brahms Deutsches Requiem under the baton of Tanglewood Festival Chorus conductor, James Barton. Spring 2022 featured another professional premiere for Ms. Kaplan, where she sang as the soprano soloist in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Rhode Island Civic Orchestra and Chorus with conductor, Joshua Rhode. Her other concert work has included singing as soprano soloist in Haydn’s The Seasons (Eastman Philharmonia/Eastman Rochester Chorus), Honegger’s King David, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, and of course, Handel’s Messiah.
Eager to explore new works, Ms. Kaplan has had the joy of performing several. Most notably, in 2018, she had the honor of performing the role of Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Young Artist, coaching the material directly with the composer himself while in residence. In fall of 2021l, she thoroughly enjoyed taking a further dive into modern opera with the role of Harriet Beecher Stowe in The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace by Kamala Sankaram as a Young Artist with the Boston Opera Institute.
Ms. Kaplan has also been a Young Artist with the Boston Opera Institute, Brevard Music Center Janiec Opera Company, Eastman Opera TheaterVilla Negra Opera Festival, Mannes Opera, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and the American Singers Opera Project. She has served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Furman University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Mannes School of Music.