Kara Dugan Resume

Mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan has been praised by The New York Times for her “vocal warmth and rich character.” Her 2018/19 season included her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall debuts with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. She also performed the role of Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, Intimate Apparel by composer Ricky Ian Gordon, with a libretto by Lynn Nottage. The piece was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program. Additional highlights include performances with Albany Pro Musica as the Soprano II soloist in Mozart's Mass in C minor, Mistral ensemble singing Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, and with the New Amsterdam Singers as the alto soloist in Martín Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires. This summer she looks forward to joining Festival Napa Valley where she will sing the roles of Ortensia and Eustachia in John Musto's Bastianello. Later, she will coach and perform song repertoire with Warren Jones in Manchester, Vermont. Kara will perform Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with her husband, pianist Peter Dugan. The husband and wife duo will also perform together at the Moab Music Festival.

Recent concert performances include Ravel’s Chansons madécasses and L’enfant et les sortilèges with the New World Symphony led by Stéphane Denève, and an evening of Mark Adamo’s music at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, with the composer conducting. 

Ms. Dugan also enjoys recital work with her husband, pianist Peter Dugan. Last season they premiered their program “Art Song in America,” presented by the Charles Ives Concert Series in Danbury, CT. The duo recently made a guest appearance with crossover group Time for Three at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Kara Dugan has spent summers with the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Mainly Mozart Music Festival. She has recently sung with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony.