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What the critics say about Karen Adair:

May 27, 2007
Letter to the Editor, St Augustine Record
Kay Mixson Jenkins of Springfield, GA

"If the citizens of St Augustine have not had the pleasure of hearing Roger [Geronimo], Karen, and Martha [McKie] perform they are missing an opportunity that is breathtaking. Karen Adair performed the National Anthem this year at Parkinson's In The Park. When she hit "land of the free and the home of the brave", the rafters shook, and you could've heard her a  mile away."

Kay is the author of the critically received book, Who is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinson's Disease to a Child.

February 06, 2006
"Ormond Orchestra's gift: Gem of a concert"
By Laura Stewart, Fine Arts Writer
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida)

"But it was only when soprano Karen Adair took center stage with a bright rendition of "My Funny Valentine" that the concert came sharply into focus."

"Adair's solo, rising powerfully over its orchestral accompaniment, set the stage for a series of star turns."

"Adair was a standout in a delicately nuanced "Danny Boy,"and the trio formed by Adair, mezzo soprano Janet Rabe-Meyer and baritone Michael Steiner sizzled in a medley of George Gershwin hits."

The full review can be found at The Daytona Beach News-Journal online at:

June 25, 2004
By John Fleming
The St.Petersburg Times (Florida)

"... the singer Thursday was soprano Karen Adair, who brought an operatic ripeness to the sorrowful verse."

in review of Solo concert debut at the Palladium Theatre for the Tampa Bay Composer's Forum, Festival of Living Music

July 15, 2003
"Soprano Adair soars in 'Butterfly'"
By Marcus Kalipolites
Times Herald-Record (New York)

As stage drama goes, this most tragic of all scenes in opera is as compelling as any. But what made this particular Delaware Valley Opera production so special was the extraordinary performance by Karen Adair. Hers is a most expressive voice - one that uses a variety of timbres to communicate different emotions. And her emotions ranged from the exultation of marrying the American officer to unfathomable despair and death. In the opening act, her warm and opulent voice soared in engaging duets with the naval officer, and her glowing face radiated with bliss. By the end of the play, her voice and demeanor were dark and heavy.

The full review can be found on The Record-Online at:

January 30, 2003 - February 5, 2003
Carol Elliott
Entertaining U Magazine (Florida)

"Critically acclaimed soprano Karen Adair sang Butterfly's role. From the moment Ms. Adair came on stage, we, the audience, loved her. Butterfly, with her engaging smile, expressive eyes and a clear, strong voice, told her sad tale without inhibition."

in review of Madama Butterfly, First Coast Opera

January 27, 2003
Laura Stewart, Fine Arts Writer  
Daytona Beach News Journal (Florida)

"powerful and polished"
"energetic, direct"
"personal and profoundly affecting"

in review of Madama Butterfly, First Coast Opera

January 2003
Jeff Grove of Folio Weekly (Florida)

"a fully formed character"

following a performance of Karen Adair as Madama Butterfly (Madama Butterfly, First Coast Opera, 2003)

January 2003
aura Stewart of  the Daytona Beach News Journal (Florida)

"You were ideal as Butterfly. Your acting was excellent. Your voice was enchanting-- strong and light, young and passionate"

following a performance of Karen Adair as Madama Butterfly (Madama Butterfly, First Coast Opera, 2003)

April 6, 2001
Father, son produce symphony drama"
Jaimie Wilson
The Florida Times-Union (Florida)

Marcello then conducted a languid beauty -- Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. This piece was elegant, but saturated with sadness. The orchestra shone in this piece. The opera's Regina Coeli followed, portraying the dramatic confrontation between the central character and his spurned lover, Santuzza, sung by soprano Karen Adair. Her voice made hearts shudder. The concert ended with Verdi's Triumphal Scene from Aida, a wonderful tribute to Fabio's wife, Aida Ribeiro.

The full review can be found on Jacksonville.com at:

May 20, 1990
cala Star Banner (Florida)

"Adair's voice is crystal clear and so strong that when she sang, everything else on stage melted away."

in review of Camelot (as Nimue, scene staged, not sung from wings), Ocala Civic Theatre



FEB 8, 2011. "Opera on the River." Joint concert with mezzo-soprano, Janet Rabe-Meyer. Vero Beach, FL. Exclusive benefit concert. 

FEB 13, 2011. 2:30PM. News-Journal Center. Gillespie Theater.
Daytona Beach. Joint concert with mezzo-soprano, Janet Rabe-Meyer and Bobb Robinson, baritone.

MAR 13, 2011. First Unity of Citrus County, FL. Guest Appearance.

MAY 3, 2011. 7:30PM. Musica Vera
in concert. Guest soloist. University of Florida School of Music, Music Bldg Auditorium, Room 101. Gainesville, FL.  Admission is FREE!

DEC 2011. Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass & selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts. Soprano soloist with Marion Civic Chorale. Matthew Bumbauch conducts. Donations admission!
DEC 4, 4:00PM. Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church. 2540 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy, LeCanto, FL.
DEC 10, 2:00PM. St George Anglican Cathedral.
5646 SE 28th Street, Ocala, FL

DEC 11, 3:00PM. Zion United Methodist Church. 510 N.W Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Ocala, FL

FEB 1, 2012. 7:30PM. evANGELical. UF School of Music, Music Bldg Performance Room 101. Gainesville, FL. Karen creates the leading role of "The Evangelist" in the world premiere of James Paul Sain's ElectroAcoustic micrOPERA, evANGELical. Admission FREE!

MAR 8, 2012. "Opera on the River" Joint concert with mezzo-soprano, Janet Rabe-Meyer. Vero Beach, FL. Exclusive Benefit concert.

KAREN ADAIR: When God Is a Child

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