Emily Webb in Ned Rorem's Our Town, Fall 2022
"Kira Kaplan, the star of the show as Emily Webb, aided the impact of the third act. Her clear, piercing, coloratura virtuosity stole every scene. Even when belting high Bs or navigating challenging vocal runs, she maintained a captivating tone and clear declamation. Only Jacob O’Shea as Dr. Gibbs approached Kaplan’s level, and they both shared peerless singing with consistently comprehensible articulation. Kaplan’s fullness and tone provided essential parts to the story’s climax. Had one word become incomprehensible amidst her gargantuan singing then the realization of Emily Webb would have collapsed, but not once did she impede narrative intelligibility."
-The Classical Scene-
As Diana in Jake Heggie's If I Were You (Boston Premiere)
"The third big part is for Diana, Fabian’s love interest, “a rambunctious 24-year-old.” She first appears in a youthful yellow dress unsuited to a huntress or heroine...she brought the ingenuous Diana a youthful allure and charming tone that developed into deeper characterization and vocal power as the plot progressed. "