The winner of the triennial International WagnerStimmen Wettbewerb in 2015, Kirstin read English & Italian at the University of Auckland before returning to her ancestral roots, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as Master of Opera with Distinction. Further study followed at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, as an Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellow and Samling Artist.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Beethoven’s Leonore for the Buxton Festival, concert performances of the title role in Weber’s Euryanthe, Ada Die Feen and Mariana Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera Group, a critically-acclaimed Elettra Idomeneo (Blackheath Halls Opera), and Gertrud Hänsel und Gretel (Garsington Young Artists at West Green). Other roles include Samaritana Francesca da Rimini (Opera Holland Park), Donna Anna (Regents Opera), Helmwige Die Walküre (St Endellion Festival), Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito (Opus Opera), Angelica Suor Angelica (Beethoven Ensemble) and at the RCS, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Fiordiligi Cosí fan Tutte, and Nella Gianni Schicchi, as well as covering Magda La Rondine for British Youth Opera.
Kirstin’s has made several appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, via Verdi, Strauss and Poulenc, including key cycles such as Vier Letzte Lieder, Shéhérazade, Wesendonck Lieder and Nuits d’été. Kirstin has a keen interest in recital work, and enjoys a particular affinity with Russian, Slavic, and French art song.
Kirstin was a semi-finalist in the first ‘Meistersinger von Nurnberg’ and the Montserrat Caballé Competitions, and the Elizabeth Connell and Kathleen Ferrier Prizes. A Britten Pears Scholar, and past recipient of Countess of Munster Trust, Miriam Licette and Sybil Tutton Scholarships, Kirstin is a 2016 bursary recipient of the International Opera Awards, and holds a Goodall Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.
Confirmed plans for the beginning of the 16/17 season include a recital series focusing on the ‘Big Four’ Soviet poets – Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Pasternak, and Tsvetaeva – a recital for the Wagner Society of Great Britain, and Gerhilde Die Walküre in concert for Saffron Hall Opera.