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Karen Jolicoeur, Bill Lewis

A versatile singing actress, Ms. Jolicoeur’s credits range from opera, concert and recital to musical theater and dance, and include three years as a principal artist with the Experience Vocal Dance Company.

In 2011/2012 she once again began the season in recital, presented by the Klavierhaus Concert Hall in her program Turn, Turn, Turn: The Cycles of Life in Song, from the Belle Epoque to the Present. Most recently she was heard performing American vocal music on Golden Fleece/The Composers Chamber Theatre’s annual Song New York. She will return to Golden Fleece as The Teacher in the première of Ana Isabel Garcia’s Bomba and the Coqui, and will finish the season on the NYC International Fringe Festival in Fahad Siadat’s Saharava: A Ritualized Dance Opera.

Heralded for creating “complicated, moving” characters as well as for her “warm, rich” voice, Ms. Jolicoeur is in great demand by some of today’s leading composers in bringing new pieces to life. Highlights of her 2010/2011 season included the role of Eleanor in the première of Lou Rodgers’ Aquitaine Dialogues with Golden Fleece, where she previously created the role of Lizzie in Thomas Carlo Bo’s Shadows of the City. She was also featured as Maria in selections from Daniel Asia & Paul Pines’ The Tin Angel with the Center for Contemporary Opera, where she has previously appeared in Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s Vera of Las Vegas, as Winnie in the reading of Michael Dellaira and J.D. McClatchy’s The Secret Agent, and in Peter Westergaard’s Alice in Wonderland, released on DVD by Albany Records. She has performed in numerous other premières, readings and demo recordings of new works for New York composers. Her 20th-century repertoire includes critically acclaimed portrayals of Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites (“…sang with warmth and grace – a timid, tender Blanche.” Anthony Tomassini, special to The Boston Globe) and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress (“…a glistening and distinctive quality of tone…” Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe), as well as Polly Peachum in Threepenny Opera, the Girl in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia.
Bringing the same flair to traditional repertoire, Ms. Jolicoeur has performed the roles of Violetta in La traviata, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridce (Gluck), Adele in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, Sophia in Il Signor Bruschino and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She has appeared with L’Opéra Français de New York at Alice Tully Hall, Eugene Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Metro Lyric Opera and as a young artist with Central City Opera, the Opera Theater of St. Louis and the prestigious Israel Vocal Arts Institute.

As a concert soloist, she appeared at Carnegie Hall in the Fauré Requiem and the Haydn Little Organ Mass. Other concert engagements have included the Bach Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, the Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart Vespers, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Poulenc and Vivaldi Glorias.
Ms. Jolicoeur holds a master's degree from the New England Conservatory and earned her bachelor's degree at the Hartt School of Music. She began her professional career in the regional theater at the age of eighteen as Maria in West Side Story followed by Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She hails from Westborough, Massachusetts and now makes her home in New York City.