Jodi Karem performs in both opera and concert in a variety of roles throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. In 2024, Ms. Karem sings the role of Miss Havisham in OperaFest, for the Pinellas Opera League, at Music @ Moccasin Lake in Clearwater and in NYC at the renowned concert space, St. John's in the Village. Upcoming roles also include Mme. Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites for the Music @ Moccasin Lake Music Festival. In 2023, Ms. Karem had the opportunity to cover the role of Leonore (Fidelio) with St. Petersburg Opera, and perform in several preview concerts of this wonderful opera. In 2022, Ms. Karem performed in music festivals such as Music @ Moccasin Lake and Arts Earth Festival in Mississippi. In 2021, Ms. Karem performed the role of Lady Macbeth both in Opera for Earth’s New York City production and in Austin, TX for the Neill Cochran House Museum’s Porch Concerts Series. In Ms. Karem’s performance of Venus in Wagner’s Dresden version of Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera in New York City, she “inhabited her role with seductive tone and movements”. In her portrayal as the Mother in Amahl & the Night Visitors, Ms. Karem “reached emotional and vocal heights that set the pulse racing and the emotional barometer practically bursting” (BrooklynDiscovery.com).
Ms. Karem premiered the role of Lady Mabel with the Center for Contemporary Opera's production of The Secret Agent in New York City, the European debut with the Armel Festival in Hungary as well as in Avignon, France at Opera Grand Avignon. The release of The Secret Agent CD features Ms. Karem as part of the debut cast. As a mezzo soprano, Ms. Karem has performed with Springfield Regional Opera, Long Leaf Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Inter Cities Opera, Florentine Opera, Skylight Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Center for Contemporary Opera, Armel Opera Festival and Opera Grand Avignon. In a performance of Santuzza with Cape Cod Opera, Ms. Karem’s performance was described as "one of the finest performances I have witnessed, not just stylistically, but in every other way - acting, emotion, facial expression, body movement." (operaOnline.us)
St. Petersburg, Florida native, Jordan Blair is a regular performer in the Tampa Bay area. Most recently she has been seen in Gulfshore Opera's winter concert series as well as Opera Tampa’s annual The Witching Hour, Clotilde in Norma, The Voice of Antonia’s Mother in The Tales of Hoffman, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi. This coming season Ms. Blair can be seen as Mother in Hansel and Gretel and Flora in La Traviata both at Opera Tampa as well as Alisa in St. Petersburg Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Jordan is a voice teacher, maintaining her own private studio as well as at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Center for the Arts. In addition, Ms. Blair regularly engages in community outreach, including Opera Tampa’s School Outreach Program, bringing opera to the community who may not otherwise get to experience it first-hand. She is a regular cantor at Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Vocal Performance from The Manhattan School of Music.
South Korean pianist Sungkyeong Kim has established herself as a versatile solo pianist,
collaborative pianist, and educator. She is prizewinner of several competitions, including the Korean Piano Duo Association Competition. Sungkyeong has a strong international presence,
and has been the recipient of many scholarships for study and participation in music festivals
domestically and abroad. She has also performed in numerous recitals both as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Korea, the United States, Canada, and Italy.
Sungkyeong holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dongduk Women’s University, and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida. While at the USF School of Music, she was awarded an Assistantship as Piano Accompanist, enabling her to further her work as a collaborative pianist. She has participated in various master classes including Pascal Rogé, and Logan Skelton. Among her mentors and teachers are Svetozar Ivanov, Noel McRobbie, and Moon Jung Kim.
Sungkyeong enjoys an active performing schedule. She has performed professionally for
concerts, recordings, and competitions for many different instrumentalists, including as a
collaborative artist for a masterclass with Maxim Vengerov. Sungkyeong currently works with the cello and voice studios at the University of South Florida as a collaborative pianist and
coach, and remains a sought-after collaborative pianist in the Tampa area.