Helen Karloski has been gaining recognition particularly in her portrayal of the oratorio repertoire. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Ellen Lopin Blair Award for First Place in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. The Santa Fe New Mexican proclaimed “Her voice is beautifully suited for oratorio, and the sincerity of her delivery, along with her poised bearing and physical presentation, forged an almost palpable connection with the audience." Helen's 2017-18 includes performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the Masterwork Chorus and with the Worcester Chorus both under the baton of Chris Shepard, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the St. Andrew’s Music Society, a series of concerts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. with the New York Opera Society, and Haydn’s Harmonienmesse with the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York.
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." Ms. Karloski made her Lincoln Center debut in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers with the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Iván Fischer and her Carnegie Hall debut performing Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Bruckner’s Te Deum under the baton of Kent Tritle with the Oratorio Society of New York. Recent solo appearances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Harry Bicket and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Omaha Symphony, the world premiere of Evan Fein’s Deborah with Musica Sacra, Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the American Classical Orchestra, Copland’s In the Beginning with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space and the Alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the New York City Ballet. 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, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Choral Society of Grace Church, and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with St. Andrew’s Music Society. Favorite performances include The Cunning Little Vixen (Hen), Le Grande Macabre, and My Fair Lady 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, Ms. Karloski has appeared 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 us in Baltimore for her third year on the BCI faculty.