Praised for her “crystalline voice and flawless intonation” (Cincinnati Enquirer), soprano Grace Kahl is an artist quickly emerging on the opera and concert stages. She recently completed her Artist’s Diploma at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she performed as Ilia (Idomeneo), Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), and Despina (Così fan tutte). After finishing her studies, she went on to join the Apprentice Artist Program with Des Moines Metro Opera where she was named the Anne Larson Artist of the 45th season. There she was featured on the mainstage in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music in the role of Mrs. Anderssen. Other recent roles include Nannetta with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Pamina with CoOPERAtive Opera.
Dedicated to performing new music, Grace sang the role of Lucy in the world premiere of Austin Jaquith’s Dracula:Bloodlines in conjunction with Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera. She also premiered the role of Juanita in Bruce Saylor’s The Image Maker at Queens College. Grace has had the unique opportunity to work with several American composers, most notably appearing on a concert featuring Tom Cipullo’s works with the composer in residence.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Grace has been engaged as a soloist in Carmina Burana with Akron Symphony where she “was rapturous in her solos, especially when she floated up to a stratospheric note in ‘Dulcissime’” (Cleveland Classical). Other concert highlights include the Faure Requiem (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), Bach Stabat Mater (Cincinnati Bach Festival), and Monteverdi Vespers (CCM Philharmonia).
Grace was the first prize winner of the 2017 American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition. She also received a distinction for the best interpretation of a French work.
This summer Grace returned to Des Moines Metro Opera to portray the roles of Laurie in The Tender Land and The Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. She will join the Utah Opera Resident Artist Program for their 2018/2019 season where she will be featured in Die Zauberflöte, The Little Prince and Candide.
Grace holds a Bachelor’s of Music from CUNY Queens College and a Masters of Music/Artist Diploma from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.