Soprano Karina Jay is a 2016 member of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Young Artist Program at State Opera of South Australia (SOSA), and recently played the role of Elaine Lamb in SOSA’s world premiere of George Palmer’s opera Cloudstreet, based on the novel by Tim Winton. She made her SOSA debut in the role of Papagena (Mozart’s The Magic Flute) in February 2016.  

Karina has most recently played the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Sulmona, Italy. Other recent roles include Ida in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with State Opera of South Australia, Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Peep-Bo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Second Sprite and Papagena in The Magic Flute and Lay Sister in Puccini’s Suor Angelica all with South Australian touring opera company, Co-Opera: Opera on the Move. She has played Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide), Anne in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, (Hills Musical Company, SA) Edith in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Harris in O’Boyle’s Space Encounters (Emma Knights Productions, SA), and Pepik and Blue Jay in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Pacific Opera, Sydney)

Her solo engagements have included: Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.

Karina was the winner of the 2016 Arnold Matters Scholarship competition and the 2016 5MBS Young Virtuoso Award Vocal Prize. The Arnold Matters Scholarship assisted her in participating in the summer program “Centre for Operatic Studies in Italy” (COSI) in Sulmona, Italy, in June/July 2016. Other recent awards include 1st place in the Lewis Dawe, Les Dutton and Nancy Thomas Memorial Awards. Karina has toured internationally with Adelaide Chamber Singers, received two Director’s Awards for her work at the Conservatorium in 2011 and 2012 and was the 2012 Rae Cocking Memorial Prize recipient. The Rae Cocking Memorial prize is awarded to a vocal student who demonstrates outstanding talent, application and attitude at the Elder Conservatorium. She was also a finalist in the Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Awards 2014.

In 2014 Karina was awarded one of two George Boland Scholarships which enabled her to travel to Graz, Austria in 2015 for further operatic study. She also received a Macquarie Award from the Helpmann Acadamy for being one of the top two highest achieving Honours students (all instruments).

Karina spent 2015 living in Sydney and participated in Pacific Opera’s Young Artist Program under a scholarship while taking lessons from Dr. Rowena Cowley. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2014 under the tutelage of Rosalind Martin, and currently studies with Cheryl Pickering.



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