Karen Santos is a versatile Soprano known for her rich tone and passion for the stage. Praised by both teachers and colleagues alike for her impressive range and fullness, she is a dynamic performer. Born and raised in Mexico City, Karen has been living in Vancouver for fourteen years. She was one of the recipients of the Vancouver Opera Guild's Bursary Award for 2011. In addition, she was a winner of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s (VAM) Kay Meek Competition, a competition held exclusively for VAM's most outstanding students from all musical disciplines, receiving the Eva Bene Scholarship. This scholarship granted her the opportunity to perform as a soloist at the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Academy Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leslie Dala.
This vibrant singer has studied under renowned teachers David L. Jones and acclaimed soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen. Karen has performed such leading roles as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaëla (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). As part of the scene studies performed at VAM, her recent roles include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Mimi (La Bohéme). Karen made her Carnegie Hall debut in July of 2017 with the Manhattan Opera Studio, studying with Saffron Chung, Roger Malouf, and Lewis Ehlers of Lombardo Associates.
She is also an accomplished visual artist, having received a Fine Arts Degree from UBC in Visual Arts, and has completed her Opera Performance degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music.