Karen Lackey (Auditor - Frasquita in Carmen) is a Maryland-born soprano currently residing in Brooklyn. Most recently, she was seen in the ensemble and covering the role of Niece 2 in The Princeton Festival’s summer production of Peter Grimes. While at Westminster she also performed the roles of Alice Ford in Falstaff and Flaminia in Il mondo della luna with Westminster Opera Theater and as Zerbinetta (excerpt) in concert with renowned soprano Sharon Sweet. Other partial operatic roles include Konstanze, Fiordiligi, Lucia, and more. She also took advantage of her time as a SongFest Young Artist to work with popular composers Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and John Musto and explore the works of up-and-coming American composers. Karen loves to tackle the most difficult music in the repertoire and relishes the challenge of interpreting new compositions for the very first time. Karen is also an active chorister. While singing with the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir and award-winning University of Maryland Chamber Singers, she was privileged to sing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, and the White House and work under the baton of many esteemed conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, Matthew Halls, Daniele Gatti, Paul Goodwin, Edward Maclary, Joseph Miller, and more. Karen holds a Masters of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Maryland.