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Karen DriscollSoprano Karen Driscoll, artist-in-residence in the School of Creative Arts, will make two public appearances Saturday, Jan. 12.

Public events on program for soprano artist-in-residence

Soprano Karen Driscoll, artist-in-residence in the School of Creative Arts, will make two public appearances Saturday, Jan. 12.

Driscoll, a signing actress who has performed with opera companies across North America, will present to music students on Friday, and Saturday will conduct a voice masterclass in the morning, then teaming up with pianist Mike Karloff for the one-act opera Before Breakfast.

A select number of voice students will perform for Driscoll during the masterclass, which is free and open to the public to audit, at 10 a.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Driscoll will perform the role of Charlotte, accompanied by Karloff, in the one-woman opera Before Breakfast, based on the work of the same title by playwright Eugene O’Neill. This tragic story of a failing marriage is revealed through a one-way conversation by a distraught wife as her husband listens from another room.

Tickets are $20, with a $5 student admission. More information and online ticket purchase available on the event website.

Both events are in the Performance Hall, SoCA Armouries, 37 University Ave. E.

Driscoll’s honours include the Grand Prize in the Lee Schaenen Foundation competition and the Gilbert Artist of the Year Award from the Florida Grand Opera. She currently teaches voice as at Montclair State University and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.