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. She also appears regularly with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.

Kristin has toured extensively with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Company in their acclaimed production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, has sung with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, and in concert with the Grammy-nominated chamber choir, Seraphic Fire. Caramoor Festival audiences have heard her in recital on numerous occasions. Other concert engagements have included alto soloist with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space in Vivaldi’s Gloria and a program of Domenico Zipoli’s work titled “Zipoli and His World”; with the New York Wind Symphony in Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 4, Sinfonie de Lieder; and with the American University of Beirut in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. With Sinfonietta Riverdale she sang the role of Bessie in Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel.

Ms. Gornstein was recently a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was featured soloist in Mackey’s Madrigal, Bach’s Cantata 155, and in the role of Federico García Lorca in excerpts from Golijov’s Ainadamar. In Europe she participated in Sweden's Operahögskolan, through which she performed with Stockholm's Folkoperan. She was soloist in Karl Unanderscharin’s Opera Mecatronica at Stockholm’s Royal Opera, reprising her performance at the Operadagen Rotterdam Festival in “Distant Voices.” She holds a Bachelor of Music from Butler University, and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado (both in vocal performance). She is trained in movement and dance, and has studied improvisation in New York City with OperaWorks founder Ann Baltz. She lives in NYC with her husband, violinist Ryan Drickey.


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