New York City native Soprano Grace Kahl is an artist quickly emerging on the opera and concert stages. Grace was a member of the prestigious Apprentice Artist program at Santa Fe Opera for their 2019 season, where she covered the role of Lyra and was featured in the world premiere of Poul Ruder’s The Thirteenth Child. On the Apprentice Scenes Concert, Grace sang excerpts from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Her 2018-2019 season saw appearances at Utah Opera, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, and Des Moines Metro Opera, where she sang The Rose (The Little Prince), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Laurie Moss (The Tender Land), and Nannetta (Falstaff).
Grace was the first prize winner of the 2017 American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition, with a distinction for best interpretation of a French work. Recently she was named a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Grace was also awarded the 2nd prize in the 2018 Palm Springs Opera Competition, and 3rd prize in the Artist Division of the 2019 Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition.
Currently Grace is a member of the Utah Opera Resident Artist Program. She will be featured in their 2019/2020 season in La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, and Thais.
Grace holds a Bachelor’s of Music from CUNY Queens College and a Masters of Music/Artist Diploma from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Dedicated to performing new music, Grace premiered 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 Messiah (Utah Symphony), Faure Requiem (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), Bach Stabat Mater (Cincinnati Bach Festival), and Monteverdi Vespers (CCM Philharmonia).