Biography

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent." ~Victor Hugo
Photography by Leslie R. McCree

Photography by Leslie R. McCree

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 (IVAI) 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.

In August 2015, 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. She has also been featured as a soloist in several Opera Fusion concerts. This August, Ms. Richardson returns with the company to sing the role of Najade in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.

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.

With the Florida State University Opera, Ms. Richardson performed the roles of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene and Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte in the university's Outreach Program. She was privileged to participate in a master class at Florida State with Ricky Ian Gordon, singing his song based on E. E. Cumming's poem "who knows if the moon's a balloon."

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 Opera Fusion Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar Pops Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra, Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra  and the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra having won the 2009 and 2011 Concerto Competition.

Ms. Richardson is a native of South Florida, where she attended the New World School of the Arts. In 2014, she completed her Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at Florida State University under Voice Professor Shirley Close.

©2016 by Kyaunnee Richardson. All rights reserved.

Photography  Leslie R. McCree.