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Praised as “a fine actress with a deep, spacious sound” [Parterre], American mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein brings her “rich-voiced mezzo-soprano” and “lines of an uncannily silky legato” [New York Times] to her work, ranging from the traditional to the edgy and imaginative. She was lauded for her recent portrayal of Piramo in Johan Hasse’s baroque gem Piramo e Tisbe with The Little Opera Theatre of New York, with Opera News calling her performance, “...masterful.  She sang the difficult role with a truly flawless lyric mezzo”. Her career includes baroque and contemporary music in equal measure, two genres of classical music that allow for much artistic interpretation and collaboration. In the fall of 2022 she made her solo Lincoln Center debut in the China Now Music Festival, singing the role of Wang Sheng in the US premiere of the opera Painted Skin. Upcoming performances include the title role in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Fort Collins, and Tonia Ko’s art song Smoke and Distance with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.

In previous seasons she portrayed Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in a co-production by On Site Opera and Atlanta Opera, a role she reprised in 2018 at the Caramoor Summer Festival. She performed in the ensemble of Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman’s groundbreaking opera Acquanetta, both in the 2018 world premiere at the Prototype Festival and at Bard Summerscape in 2019. Kristin made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Spring of 2018, winning third place in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition. She has toured with Mark Morris Dance Company’s acclaimed production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and appeared at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic for Honegger’s Jean D’Arc au Bûcher. Kristin makes her home in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at www.kristingornstein.com.

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