“As Marguerite, Iris Karlin gave an impressive performance, with vocal charisma and individuality that compensated for the character's enduring passivity. Karlin sustained the long vocal lines of the part well, in addition to exhibiting security and agility in the (in)famous "Ah! Je ris." ... Her fierce, assertive repetitions of "Dieu juste, à toi je m'abandonne!" were brilliant, and very exciting. "Anges purs" was her triumph, as it should be.“(Opera Obssession 5/28/13).
“Her clear diction and forceful operatic soprano riveted the unsuspecting audience when she strode out and look over in the role of the princess who - temporarily – hates all men” (The Villadom Times 5/29/13)
Aside from her stage carrier, Iris is a regular soloist in The First Presbyterian Church in Englewood NJ, where she resides. Following her teaching jobs at Yamaha School of Music, where she taught voice classes, directed and produced musical shows, and at BPM college, where she taught music theory, piano and composition, Iris teaches nowadays in her private studio, and works as a producer and a director for companies in the tri-state area.
Iris Karlin, a native Israeli, is an internationally acclaimed soprano, musician and actress, who is also an IDF officer in reserve. She is praised for her rare combination of stage presence and musicianship from critics and conductors alike. Her personal charm and sensational voice made her a versatile leading singer Singing opera, operetta, contemporary and musical theater in the tri-state area, where she has been performing with leading opera companies and orchestras.
"The talented young cast sang and acted a “Boheme” that kept the romantically tragic story believable and poignant. The singing never went below a proficient and professional level, but the Rodolfo... and the Musetta of Iris Karlin were particularly touching in the Act III quartet. " (Joel Benjamin The Theater Scene 04/04/10)
"Iris Karlin played a particularly vivid Azuri, clearly relishing the sexy vamp aspects of the role, and demonstrating real temperament when her character was thwarted. " (Harry Forbes 7/11/10)
“Iris Karlin, had the best moments, displaying a large, attractive and agile soprano” (Opera News 10/21/11)
“Iris Karlin was an absolutely delightful Susanna whom I loved from the moment she opened her mouth. Karlin handled the vocal acrobatics with ease and resonated high notes powerful enough to hit the back wall. She was a fitting counter to Quintana’s Figaro as she, too, showed her acting chops through her character’s emotional underpinnings.”(Amy Armstrong – Stage Magazine 10/19/11)
Iris academic credentials start with graduating Rubin Conservatory in Haifa, in Piano Flute & Voice. Iris earned a Bachelor of Arts in music and honors program on the Dean’s list Summa Cum Laude, followed by an MA in Music Education Magna Cum Laude at Haifa University, Israel. She pursued Graduate Studies in opera, at Tel-Aviv's Mehta-Buchman School of Music, as well as choir conducting, and conducted the Haifa University choir, Bney-Brit Choir, and the Welfare Office Choir.
Iris's performing credits include many character light comic roles as: Adele (Die Fledermaus), Frasquita (Carmen), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Oscar (Un Ballo), Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L’elisir D’amore), Susanna (the Marriage of Figaro), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice), as well as more lyrical heroines as Violetta (La Traviata), Mimi & Musetta (La Boheme), Marguerite (Faust), Micaela (Carmen), Massenet’ title roles in Manon & Cendrillon, The title role in Korsakov’s Snegurochka, Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Rosina (The Marriage of Figaro), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Gemma (Gemma di Vergy) & Hanna Glawari (The Merry widow). Most notably Iris played Susanna in the U.S. premiere production of Mercadante's I due Figaro under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter.