Photography by Maci Wares

Soprano, Karlye Whitt, continues her second season as a resident artist with Tulsa Opera as well as her role and company debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Karlye was last seen onstage in February 2018 for Tulsa Opera’s 70th Anniversary Gala: The Stars Align, alongside notable opera singers, Susan Graham, Sarah Coburn, Aaron Blake, and David Portillo, with conductor Timothy Long and director Harry Silverstein. The 2019-2020 season brings the role of Sophie in Emmeline with Tulsa Opera.

In her final year of her bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma City University, Karlye participated in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she was selected as one of three district winners to continue to regionals in Kansas City. At Oklahoma City University, Karlye received the Stephen Dickson Encouragement Award, an award given to one member of the graduating class for their promise of success in the opera business.

During her time at Oklahoma City University, Karlye regionally premiered Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O as the title character and shared the role as the defiant sister wife, Eliza, in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. Other roles include Magda in Puccini’s La rondine and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.

Karlye holds a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.