Karina Lucas is from London and is of Spanish and English parentage. She studied at the National Opera Studio, where her studies were supported by the Peter Moores Foundation and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Previously, she trained at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and Distinction for her Post Graduate Diploma.
She has performed in three of Jonathan Dove’s Operas: the role of Flora (The Enchanted Pig) at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House and at the New Victory Theatre, 42nd Street, New York; the title role (The Adventures of Pinocchio) for Opera North and Sara (Tobias and the Angel) for the Young Vic/Opera Group of which a disc has recently been released on Chandos. Other roles include Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Opera North; Witch (Macbeth) for Scottish Opera Go Round; Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Kitchen Boy and Third Nymph (Rusalka), Leila (Iolanthe), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Wowkle (La Fanciulla del West) and Smeraldina (The Love of Three Oranges) for Grange Park Opera; Dorabella for the Ryedale Festival and Sesto (Giulio Cesare) for the Yorke Trust.
As a Park Lane Group Young Artist Karina made her debut at the Purcell Room in January 2007 with duo partner Simon Lane, since when she has given recitals at the Brighton Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Ripon Cathedral, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, Oundle International Festival and been invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall. Karina and Simon were amongst the small selection of artists chosen and recommended by Making Music in the Concert Promoters Network Brochure 2009-2010. They released their first disc ‘From the Old World to the New’, in collaboration with violist Rebecca Jones, at the end of 2011 on the Sonimage label. Karina presented a special recital in tribute to Kathleen Ferrier in 2012, to mark the centenary of her birth, with performances which included St. John’s Smith Square and the Oxford Lieder Spring Series.
Other concert performances include works by Nicola Le Fanu, Judith Weir and Anthony Powers with the contemporary music group Okeanos (Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, Bmic The Cutting edge, Guildhall and Cardiff University); Young Artist recitals (Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival); Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Wigmore Hall); Berkeley’s Four Poems by St Teresa of Avila (Lake District Summer Music); Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Stockport Symphony Orchestra) and Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Bath Philharmonia).
Karina most recently performed the roles of Rosie Probert and Mrs Cherry Owen in the new opera Under Milk Wood by John Metcalf. Karina sang at the New York launch of the CD of the opera, which has been released on Tŷ Cerdd Records. The opera was a finalist in the Best World Premiere category of this year’s International Opera Awards. This year Karina returned to Scottish opera to cover in Rusalka and she sang her first Das Lied Von Der Erde with the Mahler Players.
Tashmina Artists manages Karina’s concert work, worldwide. Her opera engagements are handled by Stafford Law.