Dorothy Karayanis


Dorothy Krebill was born on a small farm in Iowa to a Mennonite father and a formerly Presbyterian mother. After graduating from University of Iowa, she attended Curtis Institute of Music where she met her husband­-to-­be Plato Karayanis. She appeared on Broadway in the world premieres of Menotti’s “Saint of Bleecker Street” and “Candide,” by Bernstein before spending eight years singing in opera companies in Germany and Switzerland. Returning to the United States, she and Plato joined the Metropolitan Opera National Company, touring the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Later she appeared in leading opera houses in this country, including the Santa Fe Opera where she sang the roles of Carmen and Mother Marie in “Dialogue of the Carmelites.” When Plato became General Director of the Dallas Opera, they made regular visits to Santa Fe and, upon his retirement, finally moved here. In Dallas they were members of First Presbyterian Church where they were both elders, and they have been active members of our church here in Santa Fe.