Kirsten MacKinnon

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Described by Opera UK as a "heroine [with] poise, expressive singing, excellent vocalism, and a dark and full tone", Canadian soprano Kirsten MacKinnon has captured the attention of audiences across North America and Europe. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music under the mentorship of Professor Edith Wiens, she held the Alfred Greenberg Memorial fellowship during her studies, and was also a grant holder of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers.

 

Highlights on the opera stage for Kirsten include a return to Canadian Opera Company and Glyndebourne Festival as Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; her Frankfurt Opera debut as Inès L’Africaine, described by Heute Musik as “dreamlike”, where she later returned for the Countess Capriccio, Micaëla Carmen, the Countess Le nozze di Figaro and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow; Micaëla at Opera Philadelphia, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour to Beijing, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera.

 

In addition to her operatic engagements, Kirsten has performed in concert with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Curtis Chamber Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York, Bayreuth, Neumarkt, and Spoleto.  

 

Kirsten’s credits for the Curtis Opera Theatre include Mimì La bohème, Die Gräfin Capriccio, Countess Le nozze di Figaro, Die Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, title role Iolanta, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi, Elettra Idomeneo, Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Micäela Carmen, Lisa La Sonnambula and Mrs Gobineau The Medium. Kirsten has also sung Annina La traviata with Opera Philadelphia; Nella Gianni Schicchi with Chautauqua Music Festival.

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Fiordiligi, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

Kirsten MacKinnon, conducted by Bernard Labadie
Canadian Opera Company

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Inès, Meyerbeer's L'Africaine

Kirsten MacKinnon, conducted by Antonello Manacorda
Oper Frankfurt

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Micaëla, Bizet's Carmen

Kirsten MacKinnon, conducted by Yves Abel

The Philadelphia Opera, USA

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OPERA

George BIZET

Micaëla Carmen

Benjamin BRITTEN 

Helena A Midsummer Nights' Dream

Leos JANÁČEK

The Cunning Little Vixen (title role)

Jules MEYERBEER

Inès L'Africaine 

WA MOZART

Elektra Idomeneo

Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte

Countess Le nozze di Figaro

First Lady The Magic Flute

Donna Anna Don Giovanni

Francis POULENC

Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites

Giacomo PUCCINI

Musetta La Bohème

Richard STRAUSS

Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier

Countess Capriccio

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY

Iolanta (title role)

Tatyana Eugene Onegin

Richard WAGNER

Eva Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Franz LEHÁR 

Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow

Competitions

2017 The Metropolitan Opera National Council (Grand Finals Winner)

2015 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2nd place)

2015 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition (Grant Winner)

2015 Canadian Music Competition, Montreal (Winner)

2015 Classical Singer magazine's Voice Competition (Winner)