The Financial Times (London) acclaimed that "Korliss Uecker, a bright and pretty American soprano, was charming, crystalline of voice and sparkling as an actress." The Baltimore Sun has lauded "her creamy soprano and artful characterization" and the Pittsburgh Press has noted her "glittering coloratura."
Korliss Uecker's recent seasons include singing as soloist in a gala Victor Herbert 150th Birthday Celebration with Little Orchestra Society of New York, singing as Micaëla in Carmen with Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, and in a gala concert with Sacramento Opera. Past highlights include Violetta with Emerald City Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mimi in La bohème, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the premiere of Seymour Barab's Phillip Marshall, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the world premiere of Peterson's Sakajawea, Marzelline in Fidelio and the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Other recent performances include the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Hawaii Opera Theater and appearing as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
A frequent presence onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Uecker has performed as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (broadcast on national radio), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Karolka in Jenufa, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Giannetta in a telecast of L'Elisir d'amore. She sang Frasquita in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in a performance to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Placido Domingo's debut.
Other operatic credits of Ms. Uecker's include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France; the role of Sybil in the world premiere of Lowell Lieberman's The Picture of Dorian Gray with Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Adriana in Gli Equivoci at the Wexford Festival; and Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Caracas, Venezuela; Ännchen in Der Freischütz, with Opera Orchestra of New York; Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto with Glimmerglass Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with Tulsa Opera; and Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Memphis. She has also performed with Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Spoleto Festival (USA).
Korliss Uecker's orchestral engagements have included Florent Schmitt's Psalm 47 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. She has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival on several occasions, including in a solo recital. Her Mostly Mozart Festival debut, in which she appeared with baritone Thomas Hampson in an excerpt from Don Giovanni, was televised nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. Ms. Uecker has been televised in concert on CBS Sunday Morning.
Korliss Uecker has recorded a CD of the lieder of Clara Schumann on the Arabesque label, a CD with the Metropolitan Opera for London/Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and the role of Jane in Babes in Toyland with John McGlinn and the EMI Orchestra in London. A native of North Dakota, Korliss Uecker received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Dakota. She studied at The Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.
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