Kyaunnee Richardson

Kyaunnee Richardson Portrait

Photo by: Dario Acosta Photography

Kyaunnee Richardson made her professional debut as Papagena in The Magic Flute with Festival of the Arts Boca in 2016. Recently, Kyaunnee starred as Calpurnia in the world premiere of The Secret River with Opera Orlando and last season made her Opera Orlando debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Other highlights from the last few seasons include the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and the Savannah VOICE Festival; Adele in Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Despina in Così fan tutte with Opera in Williamsburg; Monica in The Medium with First Coast Opera; Sister 2 in the world premiere of Why I Live at the PO with UrbanArias; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Maria in West Side Story with Gulfshore Opera’s Gala Concert; Frasquita in Carmen and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Orlando; Alice Allegretto and Dr. Marigold in Bruce Adolphe’s The Amazing Adventure of Alvin Allegretto with Orchestra Miami, Nella in Opera Fusion’s production of Gianni Schicchi, Clara in Porgy and Bess with the South Florida Symphony, Glinda/Aunt Em in Stage Door’s production of The Wiz, Monica in Opera Fusion’s production of The Medium, Yema in Utah Festival's regional premiere of Smith's Amazing Grace, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Orchestra Miami, Esther in the concert premiere of Ginsberg’s Esther, Sweet Esther at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the roles of Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lisette in La rondine, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Despina in Così fan tutte and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera Fusion’s Emerging Artist Project series and with the Savannah VOICE Festival. While completing her masters at Florida State University, Kyaunnee performed the roles of Rose Maurrant in Street Scene and Despina in Così fan tutte.

Her performances as a soloist with orchestra include Handel’s Messiah with the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and the Alhambra Orchestra and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Delray Orchestra. She has also been a featured soloist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Orlando Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Sugar PopsOrchestra, Opera Fusion Orchestra, Coral Gables Chamber Orchestra and the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra.

Recently, Kyaunnee placed 1st in the 2023 Opera Ebony’s Benjamin Matthew’s Vocal Competition and was awarded the Sherrill Milnes American Opera Award as a Semifinalist in the 2023 American Traditions Vocal Competition. Other awards include one of the top four finalists in Orchestra Noir’s International Medallion Competition, 2020 SAS Performing Arts Vocal Competition, the Michael Ballam Concorso Lirico Opera Competition and placing third in both the New York Lyric Opera Theatre and Opera Ebony’s Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition. She also won the Audience Favorite Award in the Harlem Opera Theater Competition, the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Stuart Smith Audience Favorite Award from Opera Ebony.

Kyaunnee counts among her highest honors singing for President Barak Obama and other dignitaries at

the funeral of South Carolina Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has performed virtually, including Opera Fusion’s #SongStrong and Music to Eat Chocolate By e-concerts, Hued Songs in Make Music Miami, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s International online Cadenza Competition.