Karen Albert is a mezzo-soprano, musicologist, educator, and digital marketer based in Grand Rapids, MI. On the concert stage, Karen has worked with orchestras and festivals across the state of Michigan, performing works such as Libby Larsen’s Raspberry Island Dreaming, Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures, as well as the alto solos in numerous oratorios and concert works. Karen is also a member of Grand Rapids’ premiere fully professional choral ensemble Vox GR, and she regularly sings with many other ensembles, both regionally and nationally. Recent opera credits include the roles of “Katisha” in The Mikado (Central Michigan University Opera), “Mrs. McClean” in Susannah (West Michigan Opera Project), “Cio Cio San’s Mother” in Madama Butterfly (Soo Opera), and “The Sandman” in Hansel and Gretel (Comic Opera Guild). As a musicologist and educator, Karen has presented numerous paper presentations and lecture recitals across the United States and Canada. Her work has focused on a variety of musical topics, from gender representation in French Canadian folksongs to theological interpretations of Bach arias. She has also taught a variety of music subjects and classes at both universities and community music schools. Karen is thrilled to be joining the Opera on Tap team in its mission to bring opera to all.