Karla Burns

Theater Actor from United States of America

Karla Burns is an American operatic mezzo-soprano and actress who has performed nationally and internationally in opera houses, theatres, and on television. She is notably the first black person, African-American or otherwise, to win the Laurence Olivier Award, Britain's most prestigious award for theatre. Karla Burns was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas to parents Ira Willie Lee Burns and Catherine Burns. Burns credits her parents for inspiring her musical gifts. Her father was a jazz and gospel pianist and her mother sang spirituals and old hymns at church. Burns attended Wichita State University from which she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music. After leaving college, Burns appeared throughout the world in musical and classical theatre productions, operas and revues. Highlights of her career include performances with the Paris Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Cairo Opera, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She has also appeared in performances at the Metropolitan Opera as Lilly in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and in Raymond Wilding-White's Trio at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Burns is probably best known for her Drama Desk Award winning and Tony Award  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

United States of America
Opera Singer, Voice teacher, Actor


Institution From To
Wichita State University

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