Karan Armstrong

Born Dec 14, 1941

Karan Armstrong is an American operatic soprano who has had an active international career since the 1960s.

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1941 Birth Born in 1941.


1963 22 Years Old Originally trained as a pianist, Armstrong graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in 1963. … Read More
1965 24 Years Old She made her operatic debut in 1965 with a minor company in San Francisco as Musetta in La bohème. … Read More
1966 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966 Armstrong won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions which led to her being engaged by the house as a comprimario singer.
1969 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She continued to perform regularly at the Met up through the Spring of 1969 in smaller roles like the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel and Annina in La traviata.


1974 33 Years Old In 1974, Armstrong first appeared in Europe, as Micaëla in Carmen, at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg. … Read More
1979 38 Years Old Further performances in Europe followed, including Tosca in Venice, and Elsa in the 1979 Bayreuth Festival's Lohengrin, directed by her future husband, Götz Friedrich, which was later recorded and filmed. … Read More


1985 44 Years Old In 1985, Armstrong was named a Kammersängerin in Stuttgart; in 1994, she received the title in Berlin. … Read More


2009 68 Years Old In the 2009/2010 season (December/January), Armstrong sang the Old Lady in Bernstein's Candide, at the Flanders Opera; Larina in Tschaikowsky`s "Eugen Onegin", at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (March/April/May) as well as the Queen of Hearts in Unsunk Chin`s "Alice in Wonderland" at the Grand Teatre de Geneve (June). Armstrong was married for many years to opera director Götz Friedrich. Their marriage ended upon Friedrich's death in 2000. … Read More
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