Our Mission Statement:

Relevance, Representation, & Accessibility

Killer Queen Opera is a female-led arts organization based out of New York City committed to providing an inclusive platform for artists and audiences alike. KQO is dedicated to featuring female artists, artists of color, and the LGBTQ+ community through uplifting artistic experiences that bring awareness to issues that our communities face today.

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Our Founders

 Karina is an educator, director, and performing artist in  Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.

She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and Music Education Certification for instrumental and vocal instruction from Carnegie Mellon University. She now performs, directs, and and teaches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Fairfield County, CT. 

Her performance career includes musical theater, dance, theater, and opera - with a special interest in Early, Baroque, and Renaissance Music. She has performed across to U.S from California, Pittsburgh, and New York City, as well as internationally, working with companies such as Pittsburgh Resonance Works and Oberlin School of Music.

Performance highlights include the role Calisto in "La Calisto" (Cavalli), and Oberto in "Alcina" (Handel), as well as being an active member and soloist in New York City's Canticum Novum Singers directed by Maestro Harold Rosenbaum. Her choral work includes performances under the direction of conductors Manfred Honeck (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Gary Wedow (Juilliard), and international conductor and violinist Andrés Cárdenes. Before moving to New York, Karina was the section leader and soloist at the Church of the Redeemer in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Karina is currently a Resident Teaching Artist at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and is a co-founder of Killer Queen Opera. Before moving to New York, she worked with Pittsburgh Festival Opera to bring an interactive and child friendly operatic experience to the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She also runs her own private studio providing vocal and piano lessons for students of all ages. You can read more on her website here. 

Soprano Christina Swanson is a singer, actor, and performance artist based in New York City. Swanson received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in 2016, where she studied under tenor Scott Piper. 

A diverse performer, Swanson embraces her artistry in the arenas of opera, theater, and performance art. Recent performance credits include L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Princess, Owl), Anna Gomez, in The Consul (Opera MODO), Venus in Orphée aux Enfers (Opera MODO), and Satirino in La Calisto and Rose (cover) in The Little Prince with Red River Lyric Opera Festival. Chorus work includes  Turandot and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

An avid creator of new and cross-genre pieces, Swanson’s original performance art has been seen in the Detroit Fringe Forward Festival, Pittsburgh Fringe and Montreal Fringe Festivals, in addition to a work-in-progress festival, WIPFest, that she co-founded. The piece, “Absence,” was highly acclaimed in both Pittsburgh and Montreal. Swanson is a member of the band “The Strange” whose cabaret piece, “Voices of the Carousel” has been featured on WDET’s Essential Music and has been performed at Planet Ant Theater.

Upcoming operatic performances include the role of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn in the Patterson Premiere of, “The Silk City,” written by Franceso Santelli, with Garden State Opera.  In the spring, she will co-direct a new production of “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” with a company she co-founded, Killer Queen Opera, in collaboration with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, Queens.

In her own music and performance art, Swanson explores themes of physical identity through original movement and sound. She is trained in classical ballet, modern, and improvisational dance. Swanson also works as a private teacher and is a staff singer at St. Luke’s Episcopal in Mt. Kisco, NY. Read more on her website here.