Bio

Kristin Knutson is a versatile soprano praised for her “sparkling, fluid soprano with admirable flexibility” (Opera News). Ms. Knutson’s repertoire spans the genres of opera, oratorio, and musical theatre with a special commitment to the field of Early Music. She recently appeared with Haymarket Opera Company as Ariane in the modern day premiere of Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais, and also with Haymarket in the role of Ismaele in Scarlatti’s Agar et Ismaele esiliati. The 2017-2018 season brought debuts with Great Lakes Baroque (Coffee Cantata, BWV 211, and Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209) featuring harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour, and flutist Leela Breithaupt, and with Sonata à Quattro (BuxWV 38, and BuxWV 87) through the Madison Early Music Festival. Ms. Knutson frequently collaborates with Racine’s Belle Ensemble, and has been featured in their programming of Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz (Schütz), Hermit Songs (Barber), Hymn to St. Cecilia (Britten), and Stabat Mater (Pärt). Additional appearances include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Main Street Opera, ensemble in the Florentine Opera’s Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas, Celia from Iolanthe in the Florentine’s An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan III, and A Fireside Christmas with The Fireside Theatre. New York City theatre credits include ensemble soloist in Candide with the New York Philharmonic, The Music Teacher by Wallace and Allen Shawn (Off-Broadway), and Limelight with the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Concert appearances include Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 with Sonata à Quattro, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Dominica with the Master Singers of Milwaukee, and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee. Past appearances include Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Musetta in La Bohème, Venus in John Eccles’ The Judgment of Paris, and Fortuna/Valetto in L’incoronazione di Poppea (abridged). Ms. Knutson holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, and pursued graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music where she maintained a dual focus on classical music and musical theatre. Post-graduate training includes the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme, Lute Society of America’s Vocal Program (with Ellen Hargis and Dame Emma Kirkby), Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and the Chautauqua Institute.