Singers

Karen Hogle Brown

Karen Hogle Brown

  • Voice Part: Soprano
  • Season Joined: 2000|01
  • Birthplace/Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
  • Education/Vocal Training: Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Arizona; Bachelor of Vocal and Instrumental Music Education, summa cum laude, University of Arizona; OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program
  • Do you make your living as a full-time musician? Yes
  • What else do you do as a "day job"?: I am a teaching artist for the LA Opera and the Music Center of LA: Active Arts; I also run my own private vocal studio
  • Where else do you gig/teach/conduct/sing/perform? I also look forward to conducting another LA Opera Camp in August with a new work dedicated to civil rights and civil disobedience.
  • Other Choirs: Recitalist in the Los Angeles Area, OperaWorks Alumni concerts, Movie soundtrack recordings, LA Opera Outreach, other local opera companies; eesident artist for Redlands Opera Theatre.
  • Guest Appearances: I recently performed my first opera role in Russian - I played Marfa in The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov with Independent Opera Company.
  • Recordings/TV/Film: You'll hear me sing a few solo lines on the soundtrack to Avatar, and I was the soprano soloist for the independent film 9/Tenths; soundtracks for 2012, X-men Origins: Wolverine, National Treasure 2, License to Wed, Lady in the Water among others; I've also had the privilege to record with Linda Ronstadt and Brian Setzer, and have done the Master Chorale recordings for Daniel Variations, Itaipu and Te Deum by Argento, and the Grammy Award®-winning Padilla: Sun of Justice with the LA Chamber Singers
  • Highlights of your musical career: LA Philharmonic - Soprano Soloist for Schnittke Symphony No. 4 (Green Umbrella series); Opera San Luis Obispo annual gala, Queen of the Night for Redlands Opera Theatre, appearances with PACEM – Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music in San Diego, CA; co-winner of the Beverly Hills Recital Series; in my outreach performances, I played Sinopa/Suzanna in The Marriage of Figueroa presented by LA Opera Outreach.
  • A defining moment or favorite onstage experience: El Niño with the LA Phil and Peter Sellars. Not only is Dawn Upshaw my hero, but with my dance background, I loved being able to add some movement to my singing, and involve my whole body and being in my performance.
  • What are you listening to these days?: Still geeking out to a cappella vocal fun stuff - how does that percussionist for Pentatonix do it???
  • Anything you'd like to add about yourself? I'm a recovering band and drum corp geek - flautist and color guard, and danced ballet for 12+ years. Just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary with my husband Andy Brown, General Manager of LAMC.