In early 2016, Kyaunnee Richardson made her professional debut as Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Festival of the Arts Boca. In addition, she debuted as Suor Dolcina and covered the role of Suor Genovieffa in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Miami Lyric Opera in October 2016. This past summer, she sang the role of the 2nd Cercatrice in Puccini's Suor Angelica and was featured in many concerts at the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute in New York City. Recently, Ms. Richardson stepped into the role of Esther, at the last minute, filling in for soprano Lubana Al-Quntar, in the concert premiere of Ginsberg's Esther, Sweet Esther at the National Press Club in the presence of foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries in Washington D.C.
Previously, Ms. Richardson participated in Opera Fusion's Emerging Artist Program, where she sang the roles of Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte and Adele in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus. This past August, Ms. Richardson returns with the company to sing the role of Najade in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. While completing her masters at Florida State University, Ms. Richardson performed the roles of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene and Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte.
Most recently, Ms. Richardson placed third in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition. She also placed third in Opera Ebony's Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition and won the Audience Favorite Award in the Harlem Opera Theater Competition. In 2014, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions awarded Ms. Richardson the Florida District Encouragement Award. In addition, she was a finalist in Opera Ebony's Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition in New York City where, as the audience favorite, she received the Stuart Smith Award. Recently, Ms. Richardson took third place in the New York Lyric Opera Competition.
Her performances as a soloist with an orchestra include the Soprano Solo in Handel's Messiah with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and the Alhambra Orchestra in December 2015 and the Soprano Solo in Vivaldi's Gloria with the First Presbyterian Church Chamber Orchestra in December 2016. She also has performed with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fusion Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar Pops Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra, and the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra .
Photography by Leslie MCree, Suzanne Vinnik-Richards and Hank Henley.