Karen's singing career...
Karen Nimereala (formerly Karen Acampora), an alumni of the Juilliard School, and student of Franco and Loretta Corelli, made her operatic debut with the Dallas Opera singing the role of Violetta in "La Traviata", Maestro Nicola Rescigno conducting. Since that time she has appeared at Opera houses in the United States and France, where she was acclaimed by critics for her artistic versatility, combining unequaled theatrical abilities, with an exceptionally radiant lyric voice.
In the United States, Karen Nimereala has appeared with the Boston Opera, Opera New England, Columbus Opera, American Opera Center, Brevard Music Center, Chattanooga Opera, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. At the San Antonio Music festival she appeared as Nora in the World and American Premiere of the opera "The Old Majestic" by Robert Rodriguez. Karen Nimereala was the winner of the American Opera auditions, a finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Awards in Los Angeles, California, and a finalist in the Cravath Foundation Awards in New York. She was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Grant in New York.
In 1998-99 was a period of work on repertoire and voice with Franco Corelli as well asssisting in his teaching studio. She also became an adjunct professor for Sarah Lawrence College in their branch in Paris, France. She performed "La Traviata", "Manon", "Rigoletto", as well as concerts in the U.S. and Europe.
In November 1996, Karen Nimereala gave a recital for "Les Grandes Etapes Francaises" in the Chateau d'Isembourgh. For the final Easter Concert of the "Festival d'Art Sacre de la Ville de Paris" she performed "Christ on the Mount of Olives" by Beethoven with the Ensemble Orchestral of Paris, Jean-Jacques Kantorow director. It was recorded and televised by France 2 from the Church of St. Etienne du Mont.
For the season of 1994-95 there was her debut in the role of Juliette in Gounods' "Romeo and Juliette" in Dijon, followed by performances of "Rigoletto," in Toulon and "Le Nozze di Figaro" in Rennes.In March 1992, Karen Nimereala debuted in her first "Manon" of Massenet in Dijon, followed by her highly acclaimed Paris recital debut with members of the Ensemble Orchestral of Paris and pianist Christian Ivaldi at Salle Gaveau in May 1992.
In March 1992, Karen Nimereala debuted in her first "Manon" of Massenet in Dijon, followed by her highly acclaimed Paris recital debut with members of the Ensemble Orchestral of Paris and pianist Christian Ivaldi at Salle Gaveau in May 1992.
During the 1991-92 season in France, Karen Nimereala sang her first Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro," followed by Missia in "The Merry Widow"in French for the summer operetta festival of Lamalou-des-bains. In November 1992 she gave a concert with the Orchestra of Cannes at the Festival of the Abbaye of Saint-Victor in Marseille, followed in December by "The Messiah" of Handel with the Honolulu Symphony in Hawaii.
In January 1990 she debuted in the role of Pamina,"The Magic Flute," for the Opera of Toulon, followed by Gilda , "Rigoletto" in Dijon. At the end of 1990, Karen Nimereala sang in a new production of "The Merry Widow" in Belgium and appeared in recital at the Teatro San Babila in Milan, Italy.
Karen Nimereala made her French Operatic debut in October 1988 with the Grand Theatre of Dijon in the role of Violetta, "La Traviata". This debut was followed by the role of Musetta, "La Boheme" in December. In June 1989, she sang a new production of "La Traviata" with the Opera Company of Boston and the company of Opera New England, followed by her debut in the French production of the role Missia in "The Merry Widow" in December with the Opera of Metz, France, directed by Christiane Issartel.