American soprano Kyla Knox has graced the stage with her lively interpretations of both opera and art song, considered “humble and charming” in her performance of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as her “flawless” and “perfectly delivered” singing in Nino Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze. The Houston Press labeled her in her most recent performance of Clorinda in La Centerontola as a “scene stealer deluxe.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she began her musical training at an early age, taking voice and piano lessons from the second grade and attending a high school for the performing arts (Marin School of the Arts). Ms. Knox attended OperaWorks Advanced Artist program in 2011, and placed into the finals at the Henry and Maria Holt Scholarship competition in 2013. Ms. Knox had the pleasure of joining the Opera Academy of California as a young artist in 2012, singing the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. In the summer of 2014, Kyla covered the roles of Naiad and Zerbinetta in Ariadne of Naxos with Kingwood Summer Opera.
Most recently she began her foray into the early music world, joining the Houston Bach society for the St. Matthew Passion and joining forces with Ars Lyrica for Handel’s work Alexander's Feast in May 2015. She has been a featured soloist in several concerts with the former Houston Young Artist Collective, now called Houston Baroque, a group created by Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Patrick Parker in Organ Performance at University of Houston. During the debut season of 2014-2015, she performed several Bach and Buxtehude cantatas, as well as works by Charpentier and Handel, Bach motets and arias. HYAC has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, performed at Houston Early Music Festival, and programmed ten concerts in its debut season. She will rejoin the group for its second season in a performance of Handel’s Neun deutsche Arien in January 2015. This summer she joined Lone Star Lyric Opera as Rita in Donizetti’s Rita, a one-act comedy performed in English.
Kyla received her Master’s degree from the University of Houston in May 2014, studying under the tutelage of Cynthia Clayton. Opera roles with the Moores School of Music include Cunegonde in Candide, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Elena in Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, and Fanny in Rossini’s first opera The Marriage Contract. She earned her Bachelor’s degree on the West Coast at the University of California Santa Cruz, studying with Brian Staufenbiel. Under the baton of Nicole Paiement, she performed a variety of leading roles, including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Magda in The Consul, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.
When she’s not performing, Kyla enjoys cooking, bartending, and teaching voice lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Her passion for wine led her to pass her Level 1 Sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers in January 2016. An avid fan of all things health and fitness, she has also enjoyed being a Zumba fitness instructor, participated in several tough mudders, and completed her first full marathon in San Francisco in July of 2015.