2016–17 Season: Princess Jia in Dream of the Red Chamber
Making her San Francisco Opera debut, soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho is a winner of the prestigious Renée Fleming Award from the Eastman School of Music. She has also been honored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (South Carolina District Winner and Southeast Regional Finalist), the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation, and was a finalist in the Belvedere and Francisco Viñas Competitions. Ho made her role and company debut this year as Liù in Turandot with St. Petersburg (Fla.) Opera. This past season, she presented in concert with the American Composers Orchestra in Washington D.C. music by the Chinese composer Li Shaosheng and appeared in concerts of operatic arias and duets with both the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer of 2014, she participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program where she was featured as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Ho is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.