For That Special Occasion
Kimla Y. Beasley, soprano, a native Texan, is a product of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She received a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University and a MM from Louisiana State University where she studied with Soprano, Martina Arroyo.
Her opera and concert appearances have included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and at the Ecole Normale Conservatory in Paris. Ms. Beasley has also appeared with Naomi Music Productions And Recordings concert presentation of “Voices of the New Millennium II” at The Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. In addition, Ms. Beasley has completed a year and a half Broadway National Tour of Sunset Boulevard. Major roles include Monica in The Medium, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Sister Genvievre in Suor Angelica, Mercedes in Carmen, Sally in Carmen Jones, Helene in Hin und Zuruck, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clara in Porgy and Bess, Pamina/ Papagena in The Magic Flute., Monica in The Medium and Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi.
Ms. Beasley also extends her talents to theater and film appearing as Lou Wright in Power Play, Sis Laura in The Member of the Wedding, Liza in My Husband’s Gone Mad, Treemonisha/Freddie in Tin Pan Alley Rag, Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, and Benson in Of Thee I Sing. Film: Betty in A City Called Heaven. She has worked with directors Carroll Freeman, Eileen Morris, Dr. Robert Henry & Thomas Carey. In addition, she has worked with coaches/conductors such as Bob Cowart, Kathy Olsen, Joshua Greene, John DeMain, Vjekoslav Sutej, Christopher Wilkins, Ward Holmquist, Peter Jocoby, Timothy Muffit and Stefano Vignati.
Ms. Beasley currently sings with the Opera On Tap North Texas chapter, is a member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas chapter and appears frequently at Classical Open Mic. Ms. Beasley continues her professional career singing in concerts and has recently premiered a new work she commissioned entitled “Songs Of A Prodigy – Music set to the poetry of Phillis Wheatley”. Ms. Beasley desires to keep creating and performing great music and encourage younger generations to do the same.
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