KAREN BEARDSLEY'S dynamic voice and extraordinary acting talent have been applauded by audiences and critics alike. "The New York Times" describes her as "an imaginative actress with a voice that seems to laugh at difficulties, the "Daily News" as "sassy perfection", "New York Magazine" as "vocally radiant" and "Opera International" (France)as "alive, energetic, mischievous and vocally flawless". 

For over 15 years, soprano, Karen Beardsley's career took her around the world averaging over 280 days a year on the road. She made triumphant appearances in opera, recital, and orchestral engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, distinguishing herself as a versatile singer of consummate artistry.



KAREN BEARDSLEY has sung leading roles in the foremost opera houses in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam, Taipei, Santiago, Los Angeles, Chicago and Santa Fe and has appeared in concerts with the major symphony orchestras across the United States, Canada and Europe. Among the prominent conductors of our day with whom she has performed are Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Pinchas Zuckerman, Lucas Foss, Andrew Litton, Oliver Knussen and Eduardo Muller. She made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1997.



KAREN BEARDSLEY made her internationally-acclaimed debut with the New York City Opera as the young boy MAX in Oliver Knussen's and Maurice Sendak's fantasy opera "Where the Wild Things Are", a role she originally created for England's Glyndebourne Festival in the world premiere at the National Theatre in London and sang over 400 times in premieres on both sides of the Atlantic. Her performance as MAX was filmed for BBC Television and released on DVD, video and laser disc by Teldec. She made her debut in this same role with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta.

Portraying each role with singular authenticity, she has won acclaim in leading operatic roles such as "Lucia" in "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Marie" in "Daughter of the Regiment", "Cunegonde" in "Candide", "Pamina" in "The Magic Flute", "Despina" in "Cosi fan tutte", "Adele" in "Die Fledermaus", "Fiakermilli" in "Arabella", and "Olympia" in "The Tales of Hoffmann".



Since 1996, KAREN BEARDSLEY joined the esteemed Voice Faculty of Manhattan School of Music's Precollege Division in the Fall of 2016 where her students have won first place awards in the NATS Voice Competition in New York City for the past five years. She was honored to be invited to join the faculty, her alma mater where she earned her Master's Degree and was awarded the Scofield Opera Scholarship.

KAREN BEARDSLEY has been on the voice faculties of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy, Thurnauer School of Music, Broadway Bound Dance Center, and has been invited to teach master classes in over 50 leading universities and colleges across the United States. She recently taught the first ever Voice Master Class at Manhattan School of Music for the precollege division and was invited to be the leading adjudicator for the "Musicfest Northwest " Voice Competition in Washington State; a competition she won sending her to New York to pursue her professional career many years ago .

KAREN'S students are accepted into the leading universities across the country including Princeton, Cornell, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Skidmore, Elon, Syracuse, Indiana, NYU, and Columbia among others!

She has maintained thriving private studios in New York City and New Jersey for over 26 years!

 She lives in Demarest, New Jersey with her husband, MAITLAND PETERS, prominent voice teacher and in his 25thyear as chairman of the voice department at Manhattan School of Music in New York City .....and their two amazing grown children, Preston , who lives and works for the World Surf League in Santa Monica, CA and Olympia, a nationally rated foil fencer who was just recruited for Lafayette College where she will study psychology and speech pathology in the fall.

Karen feels that she is the luckiest person in the world to be able to teach young singers and share with them all that she has learned as a professional singer and performer; encouraging them to go for their dreams, be true to themselves and be the best that they can be!