The Financial Times (London) acclaimed that “Korliss Uecker, a bright and pretty American soprano, was charming, crystalline of voice and sparkling as an actress.”Uecker has sung over 150 performances at the Metropolitan Opera including Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro (international radio broadcast), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in A Masked Ball, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She appeared in The Elixir of Love with Luciano Pavarotti and in Carmen with Placido Domingo. Other credits include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire in Strasbourg, France; Sybil in the Picture of Dorian Gray with Opera de Monte Carlo; the Wexford Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, the Spoleto Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, the United States Naval Academy and the Library of Congress.
An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Uecker has premiered works of Lowell Lieberman, Dominick Argento, Seymour Barab, Juliana Hall, John Corigliano, and Andre Previn. Ms. Uecker appeared in Dallas Opera’s “Valentino” by Dominic Argento. Korliss has appeared as a soloist with many Symphony Orchestras, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra, under conductors James Levine, Donald Runnicles, Sir Andrew Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Jurowski, Edo de Waart, Julius Rudel and Gerard Schwarz. As a Chamber Music performer, Uecker appears regularly with Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, among others. Her cabaret performances include appearances at the Café Carlyle and Poisson Rouge. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, London Decca, Arabesque Records, and recorded Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland at Abbey Road Studios in London. She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and Live from Lincoln Center. Ms. Uecker’s recording with New World Records features the songs of Victor Herbert and was released May 1, 2012.
Korliss earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Additional studies include Santa Fe Opera Apprentice, Steans Institute and Tanglewood Festival Fellowship. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota and was a Registered Nurse before she began her singing career. Her husband, Jerry Grossman, is principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.