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. She was lauded for her recent portrayal of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in a co-production of On Site Opera and the Atlanta Opera, a role she will reprise in 2018. The 2016-17 season brought debuts as Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Salt Marsh Opera, as Lady-in-waiting in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury, and creating the role of Paul in the world premiere of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Clark’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June with Indianapolis Opera.

A frequent performer on New York stages, she joined Loft Opera as Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dell’Arte Opera as Mrs. Slender in Salieri’s Falstaff; Utopia Opera as Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte; and Opera Modo as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Never shying away from the new and innovative, other favorite performances have been Xantippe in Daphnis and Chloe with Heartbeat Opera, featured soloist in Queens of the Night: Mozart in Space in Brooklyn, and as mezzo soloist in a fully-staged opera pastiche performed on Manhattan’s now fabled High Line pedestrian parkway.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
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Following a performance by the eight finalists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 14, Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano, was awarded the Janet Plucknett Award for Third Place.

Posted: Apr-17-2018
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Gornstein, who was naturally comfortable and believable in the trouser role, equaled Curtin in [her musicality]. Like the soprano, she had the agility for the sixteenth-note runs and turns, and that served a fine expression throughout. It was a pleasure to witness these two musicians bringing these characters to life.

— New York Classical Review
Posted: Mar-23-2018