Music expresses what cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent
— Victor Hugo

Kyaunnee Richardson made her professional debut as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Festival of the Arts Boca in 2016. Highlights from the last few seasons include the role of Aunt Em and Glinda in Stage Door’s production of Smalls’ The Wiz, Monica in Opera Fusion’s production of Menotti’s The Medium, Yema in Utah Festival's regional premiere of Smith's Amazing Grace, Esther in the concert premiere of Ginsberg’s Esther, Sweet Esther at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the roles of Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicci, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Opera Fusion’s Emerging Artist Project series and Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Orchestra Miami. While completing her masters at Florida State University, Kyaunnee performed the roles of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Her performances as a soloist with orchestra include Handel’s Messiah with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and the Alhambra Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Delray Orchestra. She has also been a featured soloist with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar Pops Orchestra, Opera Fusion Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra and the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra.

This season Kyaunnee 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. Other awards include being a finalist in the Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico Opera Competition, the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Stuart Smith Audience Favorite Award from Opera Ebony.

Kyaunnee counts among her highest honors singing for President Barak Obama and other dignitaries at the funeral of South Carolina Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Photography by Suzanne Vinnik Richards

Photography by Suzanne Vinnik Richards

"The great female solos go to supporting characters. Kyaunnee Richardson opened the opera with a lyrical rendition of 'Summertime' -- sung by Clara, who never returns except for a brief repressed of the show's most famous excerpt."
~Palm Beach Arts Paper

"...but from the first notes of Miami-native Kyaunnee Richardson's 'Summertime' early in the first scene, the audience was put on notice that this was to be a truly memorable occasion."

~South Florida Gay News