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Soprano Kristina Bachrach is emerging as a young artist confident in an extensive range of styles and languages. In 2018, she joins New York's Center for Contemporary Opera as the principal soprano characters in Taggart's Swan's Inlet and Pascal Dusapin's To Be Sung. Her 2017 operatic appearances included Musetta in MetroWest Opera Company's production of La femme bohème, an all-female take on Puccini's evergreen masterpiece; her American Lyric Theater debut as part of their The New Crew event, presenting the initial hearings of works by Shuying Li and Andy Teirstein; and Susanna in Bare Opera's two-hour Mozart / Rossini pastiche Figaro / Figaro! She also appeared in concert with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as soloist for "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." A frequent and beloved guest artist with the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS), she appears with them on a variety of French mélodie concert programs throughout the season. In fall 2018, Ms. Bachrach will make her off-Broadway debut with Ensemble for the Romantic Century in their original work Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson. During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Bachrach will return to the Brooklyn Art Song Society for concerts of Britten Folk Song Arrangements and Grieg’s 6 Lieder Op. 48 and to the Center for Contemporary Opera for their workshop of Outcast at the Gate. Ms. Bachrach will also be performing solo recitals through Dame Myra Hess and the Artist Presentation Society of Saint Louis and will reprise Ran’s Moon Songs with the Musicians from Marlboro on their fall tour. In winter of 2020, Ms. Bachrach will join the roster of Chicago Opera Theater covering the role of Mae in the world premiere of Freedom Ride.
During the 2016–2017 season, Ms. Bachrach made her debut with the New York Choral Society at St. Patrick's Cathedral for the American premiere of Joseph Vella's The Hyland Mass, be produced by the Order of Malta, and joined the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) in repertoire ranging from Schubert Lieder to Hanns Eisler's Hollywood Songbook.
In recent seasons, Ms. Bachrach has become increasingly in demand for fulfilling prestigious artist residencies. During the summer of 2018, she returns for a second consecutive season to North America's most prestigious chamber music retreat, the Marlboro Music Festival. As one of a select few singers invited to Marlboro, Ms. Bachrach will study and perform Lieder and chamber music alongside their world-renowned artist roster.
In the spring of 2018 Ms. Bachrach served as Artist-In-Residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she performed a recital and deliver a lecture on music by composers who were suppressed or killed during the Holocaust. In the spring of 2017, she joined the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the guidance of Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith, to focus on the study and performance of song literature written by living composers. Ms. Bachrach served as a 2016 Artist in Residence at Yellow Barn Music Festival and at SongFest, where she gave a recital with composer John Musto at the piano.
During the summer of 2015, Ms. Bachrach fulfilled a residency at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, NY, followed by a residency with the Lake George Music Festival, where she was featured in a performance of Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." In 2014 she fulfilled a Winter Artist Residency at the Banff Centre (BAIR), focusing on the music of Elliott Carter and Judith Weir. As a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Ms. Bachrach performed Pierrot Lunaire and was a featured soloist in the Mark Morris Dance Group's production of Dido and Aeneas. She enjoys a long-standing relationship with SongFest at Colburn, as a three-time recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, and has recorded songs of John Harbison for a new recording commemorating SongFest's twentieth anniversary.
Ms. Bachrach's concert activity includes recital performances of Milhaud's rarely-performed song cycle Alissa in the Masterworks Series at BargeMusic and at Notre Dame University, and performances of Schoenberg's Second String Quartet with the Cantata Profana Ensemble in New Haven and New York. Additional New York performances include her appearance with the Westchester Choral Society for their 2013 Christmas concert, her debut with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as the soprano soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and her Carnegie Hall debut with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra as the soprano soloist in the Bruckner Te Deum. Ms. Bachrach has performed in recital under the auspices of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Joy in Singing Foundation, and toured a Brahms Lieder program with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.
Equally adventurous as an operatic artist, Ms. Bachrach has appeared in new and rarely-performed repertoire with Thompson Street Opera (Louisville, KY), Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Naples, and New York's Bare Opera, in whose inaugural production of L'enfant et les sortilèges she made her role debuts as the Princess and Shepherdess. Ms. Bachrach has fulfilled residencies with Nashville Opera, where she appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Lyric Opera of Virginia, where she returned to perform Musetta in La bohème.
Ms. Bachrach holds degrees from Mannes College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (summa cum laude). She is an award winner with the Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition, American Prize Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition, the Metrowest Opera Competition, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.