Berkshire Choral International

Helen Karloski


Helen Karloski, a Pittsburgh native, is based in New York City. A versatile artist, she is at home in a variety of musical styles including oratorio, opera, and chamber music. She was the recipient of the Ellen Lopin Blair Award for First Place in the 2015 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. In November 2016, she will make her Carnegie Hall debut singing Mozart's Mass in C minor and Bruckner's Te Deum with the Oratorio Society of New York and Kent Tritle. Helen’s 2015-16 season includes performances of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Omaha Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater under the baton of Harry Bicket with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and the premiere of Deborah, a newly commissioned work by American composer Evan Fein with Musica Sacra, Copland’s In the Beginning with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with New York City Ballet, Bach’s St. John Passion with the St. Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Choral Society at Grace Church in New York City.

The New York Times wrote of her performance in Georg Philip Telemann's rarely performed oratorio Der Tag des Gerichts, "Helen Karloski commanded attention as Reason." Helen made her Lincoln Center debut in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers with the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Iván Fischer. Her other solo engagements include Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Voices of Ascension, Bach’s Magnificat with the Victoria Bach Festival, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with St. Andrew’s Music Society, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Tucson Chamber Artists, and Duruflé’s Requiem with Ars Musica and the Delaware Valley Chorale. Favorite performances include The Cunning Little Vixen (Hen), Le Grande Macabre, and My Fair Lady starring Kelsey Grammar and Kelli O’Hara with the New York Philharmonic, Les Huguenots and Oresteia at Bard SummerScape, and the New York City premier of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel, directed by Academy Award-nominated Julie Taymor. An accomplished ensemble singer, Helen performs regularly with Conspirare, where she was featured on the Grammy-winning recording The Sacred Spirit of Russia, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, Santa Fe Desert Choral, and Handel and Haydn Society.

Helen joins BCI faculty for the first time in Newport.