Recent Engagements





Raylynmor Opera

Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 | 2pm

Peterborough Players | Peterborough, NH

This is a fully orchestrated production of Rossini's mad captale of the Barber, but set in a South Beach Miami performance gym (Seville). New English libretto by Artistic Director, Ben Robinson.


Pittsburgh Festival Opera

July 13th through 25th, 2019 

Falk Auditorium | Winchester Thurston School | Pittsburgh, PA

Composed by Fred Rogers and originally appearing on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the operas Windstorm in Bubbleland and Spoon Mountain are whimsical, engaging musical stories that speak to audiences both young and old. Each is endearingly odd and heartwarming, and has a moral lesson to be learned - as only Mr. Rogers can teach it! Pittsburgh Festival Opera will re-stage the operas for the first time since they were filmed at Pittsburgh’s own WQED studio. Directed by Tomé Cousin, who performed as “Ragdoll Tommy” on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood!

Glorianna | Roger Zahab's HEGEMONY

Music on the Edge

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Bellfield Hall Auditorium | University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA

This celebration of Roger Zahab’s remarkable contributions as composer, performer, and teacher will feature cellist David Russell and conductor/pianist Rob Frankenberry, violinist Lilit Hartunian, vocalists Kara Cornell, Anna Elder, Alexandra Johnson, John Teresi, Mitch Fitzdaniel, and pianist Eric Moe. The all-Zahab program includes the young person’s guide to convergence, Sonata for Winter, not later, reaching after, and the premiere of his opera Hegemony: Scenes.

A Sentimental Journey | The Golden Age of Broadway


Sunday, October 27th, 2019 | 2pm

Allegheny RiverStone Arts | Foxburg, PA

Enjoy the music of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin sung by Aria412 founders Desirée Soteres and Kelly Lynch, joined by Kara Cornell, Erich Lascek and Samuel Viggiano, with Amy Kapp on the Steinway – and directed by the distinguished Seamus Ricci. Preview performance Friday, October 25th at Chatham University.

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Calvary United Methodist Church

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 4pm
Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 4pm

Calvary United Methodist Church | Pittsburgh, (North Side) PA

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Butler County Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 7:30pm

Bring the entire family for a festive seasonal double bill, featuring the Christmas portion of Handel’s masterpiece and a traditional Holiday Pops. 

BIHS Auditorium | Butler, PA





Isabelle Eberhardt | SONG FROM THE UPROAR

Opera Ithaca

May 5th through 10th, 2018

The Cherry Artspace | Ithaca, NY

Kara will portray the lead role in this intimate production, which was hailed by The New York Times as “a visually and aurally ravishing chamber opera…a captivating multimedia spectacle,” Song from the Uproar is a one woman opera that immerses the audience in the surreal landscapes of real-life Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt's life: the loss of her family, the thrill of her arrival in Africa and the mystery of her demise. Performed with a chamber and electronic orchestra, as well as a 5 person chamber chorus.


Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

July 5th through August 3rd, 2018

Ellen Eccles Theatre | Logan, UT

Kara makes her debut with The Utah Festival in the leading female role in Rossini's comic opera. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. 


Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

July 7th through August 4th, 2018

Ellen Eccles Theatre | Logan, UT

Kara performs the role of Mary Lennox's deceased mother in this Tony Award winning musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel. 


Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, October 13th, 2018 | 7:30 PM 
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Schrott Center For The Arts, Butler University | Indianapolis, IN

Kara will perform in Leonard Bernstein's famous one-act opera in an evening of his music that celebrates his centennial birthday. This staged production will be rounded out with music orchestral music from Candide and West Side Story. 

Creative Collaborations | Solo Vocal Recital

Rodef Shalom Professional Music Series

Monday, November 19th, 2018 | 8pm

Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation | Pittsburgh, PA

Kara and pianist Abigail Eagleson will present a vocal recital of art songs, musical theater and opera works by Clara Schumann, Leonard Bernstein, Rossini and others! 

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Calvary United Methodist Church

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 | 4pm

Calvary United Methodist Church | Pittsburgh, (North Side) PA

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 | 2:30pm

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church | Indianapolis, IN





Mercédès | CARMEN

Winter Opera St. Louis

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 | 8pm
Sunday, March 5th, 2017 | 3pm

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts | St. Louis, MO

Kara makes her debut with Winter Opera St. Louis in this production. 


Resonance Works

Friday, May 12, 2017 | 8pm 
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 3pm 

Charity Randall Theater | Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA

Kara returns for a second season with Resonance Works to sing in Verdi's comic opera. 

Alto Soloist | Dvořák's STABAT MATER

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 | 8pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 3pm
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 | 3pm

Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley | Berkeley, CA

Completed in 1877, Stabat Mater is a glorious, melodic work that Dvořák composed after he and his wife suffered the loss of four of their young children within a very short span of time.

Vox Novus | Luciano Berio's FOLK SONGS

Nat 28 New Music

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Third Presbyterian Church | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA

This concert features the talents of NAT 28 musicians alongside three vocalists who are celebrated for their performances of contemporary music. Soprano Jennifer Aylmer will be featured on two works by the award-winning Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The American premiere of NAT 28 composer Jean-Patrick Besingrand’s Aux couleurs du couchant reflété par mes yeux for solo voice will be given by soprano Anna Elder. The concert will end with Folk Songs by the iconic composer, Luciano Berio, sung by Kara Cornell. 


The Pittsburgh Camerata

Sunday, October 8th, 2017 | 4pm

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA

Enjoy an enchanted afternoon during this Pittsburgh Camerata fundraiser event. Members of the Camerata and guest soloists will perform an unstaged musical comedy that tells the TRUE story of Cinderella. In addition to this hour long production which hilariously includes the musical styles of opera, musical theater and vaudeville, there will also be refreshments, food and a silent auction. 

Jake Heggie's INTO THE FIRE

Resonance Works | Pittsburgh

Friday, October 20th, 2017 | 8pm
PYCO School of Music Recital Hall | Wexford, PA

October 21, 2017 | 8pm
Levy Hall at Rodef Shalom | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA
Resonance Works | Pittsburgh open their fifth season with two epic song cycles by romantic & modern masters that explore the heart of an artist. Baritone Daniel Teadt will perform Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe (A poet's love), a pinnacle of the art song repertoire, in a new arrangement for piano quintet. Kara Cornell will perform Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer's Camille Claudel: Into the fire, which depicts the passion, artistry and madness in the French Sculptor's life. Written for mezzo Joyce DiDonato, the work "compresses a tragic life of operatic dimensions into a song cycle of great beauty and emotional resonance" (NY Times)

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Calvary United Methodist Church

Saturday, December 2rd, 2017 | 4pm

Calvary United Methodist Church | Pittsburgh, (North Side) PA






Pittsburgh Opera

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 8pm
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | 7pm
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | 7:30pm
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 2pm

CAPA Theater | Pittsburgh, PA

Kara makes her debut with Pittsburgh Opera in Mark Adamo's charming opera LITTLE WOMEN, based on Louisa May Alcott's famous novel. 

Recital | "Creative Collaborations"

St. Petersburg Opera

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 7:30pm

Preis Hall at Opera Central | St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg Opera hosts an evening of vocal works by Russell C. Andrade, as well as compositions by artistic director Mark Sforzini.  

Recital | "Evidence of Things Not Seen"

Resonance Works

Sunday February 21, 2016 | 3pm 

Levy Hall | Rodef Shalom Congregation | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA

"Evidence of Things Not Seen" is a cycle of 36 songs by Ned Rorem for solo voices and piano, using texts of 24 different poets including Auden, Colette, Whitman, Baudelaire, Yeats, and Wilde. Commissioned in 1997 by the Library of Congress and the New York Festival of Song, this work serves as a summation of Rorem's work as a composer of art song. The movements are arranged in three groupings, entitled: "Beginnings", "Middles", and "Ends". Kara is the mezzo-soprano soloist with Robert Frankenerry as music director and pianist. 

Alto Soloist | Vivaldi's GLORIA and BEATUS VIR

Akron Symphony Chorus

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 | 3pm

St. Paul's Episcopal Church | Akron, OH

Maria Sensi Sellner leads the Akron Symphony Chorus in its annual Spring Concert. Kara and Shannon Kessler Dooley are soloists.  

Solo Recital | "Creative Collaborations"

Music in a Great Space Concert Series

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 | 7:30pm

Shadyside Presbyterian Church | Pittsburgh, (Shadyside) PA

Kara and pianist Abigail Eagelson will present a recital of American Art Song, which will include folk song arrangements, pieces Kara has previously premiered, as well as a world premiere! This concert is part of the "Music for Midsummer Nights", a mini-series of midweek concerts from "Music in a Great Space".


Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 | 7:00 pm
The Sphinx Cafe |  Pittsburgh, (Oakland) PA

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 26th, 2016 | 2:00 pm
Artifacts | Pittsburgh, (West End) PA

Friday, July 1st, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Snuggery Farm | Sewickley, PA 

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Winchester Thurston | Pittsburgh, (Shadyside) PA

Opera Theater is reprising it's flamenco adaption of Bizet's famous opera, which premiered during the first Summerfest in 2012 to sold-out audiences. Kara, who was hailed "an electric presence" by the Post Gazette, and tenor James Flora reprise their roles as the ill-fated lovers Carmen and Don Jose. Performed in English with chamber orchestra, this production is going on tour to funky and intimate venues around the greater Pittsburgh area! 

Carmen | CARMEN

Long Island Opera

Saturday, October 8th, 2016 | 8pm
Sunday, October 9th, 2016 | 3pm

The Madison Theatre | Rockville Center, NY

Kara returns to her native Long Island to sing one of her signature roles! This production is fully staged with orchestra. 

Alto Soloist | MESSIAH

Calvary United Methodist Church

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 4pm

Calvary United Methodist Church | Pittsburgh, (North Side) PA





Soloist | "New Years Day Party"

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 | 3pm

Barnstable Performing Arts Center | Hyannis, MA

Kara and soprano Margot Rood are guest artists along with the infamous Peter Schickele, aka PDQ Bach, in The Cape Cod Symphony's most versatile performance of the season, with music ranging from Viennese waltzes to contemporary musical theater hits. 

Soloist | "Opera Therapy"

St. Petersburg Opera

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | 6pm
The Music Gallery | Clearwater, FL

Friday, March 20th 2015 | 11am
Museum of Fine Arts | St. Petersburg, FL

Kara returns to St. Petersburg Opera to participate in a concert series that explores opera characters who REALLY need some therapy! Excerpts include selections from GIULIO CESARE, TROUBLE IN TAHITI and, of course, CARMEN.

Carmen | "Opera Express"

St. Petersburg Opera

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 | 10am-1pm

Opera Central, St. Petersburg, FL

SPO presents a fun-filled look at What Makes an Opera Work. Participants will board the Opera Express and make stops at several educational stations along the way. At each station, passengers will learn about another facet of opera. Interactive sessions will teach about Costumes, Stage Design, Set Building and music learning, which culminates in an interactive performance of CARMEN, where Kara is singing the title role. 


Washington & Jefferson College

Friday, April 17th, 2015 | 7:30pm

Church of the Covenant | Washington, PA

Each year the W&J Choir and Camerata Singers are joined by a professional orchestra and soloists to present a choral masterwork. This year they will present Haydn's extraordinary Theresienmesse, a mass written by the classical master in 1799. This work has it all - brilliance, lyricism, quiet passages of simple beauty and moments of exuberant virtuosity. Don't miss this evening of stirring music in a spectacular setting.

Soloist | "Voices Reunited"

The Pittsburgh Camerata

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 | 4pm

Carlow University | Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA

Once again The Pittsburgh Camerata will join with former singers from its illustrious past to form an “alumni choir.” Artistic Director Rebecca Rollett has programmed choral music to showcase this special ensemble including pieces by Standford, Billings, Tavener, Paulus and the famous "Miserere" by Allegri. Kara is guest soloist. 


Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Friday, July 31st, 2016 | 8pm
Saturday, August 1st, 2015 | 8pm

City Theater | Pittsburgh (South Side), PA

The grand return of Roger Zahab's Ohio Entelechron PNME production with music by the great Zahabian master, Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts' signature PNME masterpiece Einstein on Mercer Street, replete with political ads, time travel, and the soon to be famous "I'm the Decider!" canon. Kara is a guest artist with this fine musical troupe. 

Soloist | Resonance Chamber @ The Cloakroom

Resonance Works 

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | 7pm

The Livermore | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA

Enjoy food and drink at The Livermore while experiencing intimate performances by Resonance Works artists! This evening, which will be the first of the chamber series, will showcase composers from Resonance Work's upcoming mainstage season. Kara will perform songs by Bernstein and Rorem, as well as perform Respighi's "Il Tramonto" with chamber orchestra. 

Dinah | Bernstein Project/TROUBLE IN TAHITI

Resonance Works

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 | 8pm
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 | 3pm

Levy Hall | Rodef Shalom Congregation | Pittsburgh (Shadyside), PA

A Sonomosaic of works of Leonard Bernstein exploring themes of life, love, and peace. The centerpiece of the program is the one-act, TROUBLE IN TAHITI, where Kara will perform the role of "Dinah". The balance of the program will include beloved selections from Candide and West Side Story, art songs, short instrumental works including a movement of Prelude, Fugues, and Riffs, and several vocal  arrangements by Robert Page. 

Solo Recital | "Creative Collaborations"

Southwestern University

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 | 7pm

Southwestern University | Georgetown, TX

Kara will present a recital of American Art Song, which will include folk song arrangements, pieces she has previously premiered, as well as a world premiere song cycle by Russell Andrade! This concert is part of the Sarofim School for the Fine Arts recital series. A public masterclass and student discussion will also be scheduled.