Karla Burns Actor

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.

Personal details

United States of America
Places lived
Wichita , Kansas
pop. 386,552 (2013)




1. Wichita State University Colleges/University

- / Opera

Wichita State University (WSU) is a public university in Wichita, Kansas. It is one of six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Type Public university
2013. 230 mil. $
2010. 191 mil. $
Institution colors
1845 Fairmount Street, 67260 - Wichita, Kansas
2012. 12,192
2010. 11,602
2009. 11,540
2013. 3,043
2010. 2,975
Acceptance rate
2013. 96.0 %
2012. 93.9 %
2010. 94.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 6.93 K $
2011. 6.16 K $
2010. 5.89 K $
2009. 5.47 K $
2008. 5.09 K $
Official web page www.wichita.edu
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Wichita State University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1941., Actor
b. 1935., Actor
b. 1977., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1968., Baseball Catcher
b. 1950., Organization leader
b. 1932., Poet
b. 1962., Basketball Center
b. 1957., Politician

Awards won

1991 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Show Boat Award-Winning Work
The Society of London Theatre

1983 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Show Boat Award-Winning Work
Drama Desk


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