"And if there come the singers and the dancers and the flute players, buy of their gifts also.

For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul."


-The Prophet Khalil Gibran

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Halifax, NS


Jazz Ain't Nuttin But Soul

Halifax, NS

"The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." Lau Tzu


I feel in the most natural space when I am communicating good vibes and telling universal stories with my voice through song and that feeling hasn't lessened with time...it has gotten stronger.


I always enjoyed watching old movies when I was a child, especially Broadway musicals. I would dance around the basement

singing "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story wishing that one day I could be on stage playing that role, even if I looked nothing like

Natalie Wood!

I got excited by the drama combined with song. Opera offers this sweet union however the art form really became part of my

awareness as something I could jump into alongside the other music I was used to singing, like church music and singing along to my parents' many records from Marvin Gaye to Mahalia Jackson, because years ago when I was still in  high school, it was

suggested that I study the opera and oratorio repertoire due to a quality that was heard in my voice when I sang a  piece from Handel's

Messiah, "How Beautiful Are the Feet" at a music festival.

If I had known then that pursuing a career in opera was as far-reaching as being an equestrian for someone from my background, first

generation Canadian of hardworking immigrant parents, I would have thought twice before falling under its spell. Opera marries the exquisite beauty of music and song set to librettos of intense, heightened drama and sparkling comedy.

All artists, and especially those in pursuit of an operatic career receive support from people and organizations at some point in their

journey who believe in what they are creating.

For emerging opera professionals, there are so many costs involved to pursue this art form. Check out Related Info to see what the typical path to success in this field looks like. Thanks for visiting my site!

Warmest regards,

Karlene Marie

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*Live @ Stayner's Wharf on November 14, 2019, Double Mocha welcomed Ken Pasher, guitar.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada