Julia Kierstine, Soprano

1992 – 1993

Recent engagements for JULIA KIERSTINE included the title role in Tosca with Mobile Opera in March 2011. During the 2009-10 season, Ms. Kierstine performed the title role of Manon Lescaut with Hawaii Opera, and made her New York debut as Maliella (I Gioielli Della Madonna) for the Teatro Grattacielo-Rose Theatre.  She was once again engaged by San Francisco Opera as Cover for the title role of Tosca, followed by a return to Manon Lescaut with Mobile Opera in October for their Opera Gala, Love and Lust. In March 2010 Miss Kierstine debuted in the title role of Aida with Opera Santa Barbara.

During the 2005 – 2006 season, Ms. Kierstine enjoyed several wonderful opportunities.  In early 2006, she was personally chosen by Maestro Lorin Maazel to perform the role of Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, performances of which took place at his Virginia concert venue, The Chateauville Foundation, as well as the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.  These performances were followed by a return to home territory, where San Francisco Opera engaged her to cover the renowned Finnish soprano, Karita Mattila in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.  This engagement was followed immediately by an invitation to return to SF Opera, and in the Fall of 2007, Miss Kierstine was Cover for Verdi’s Lady Macbeth.

During the 2004 – 2005 season she was heard in the title role in Tosca for Pacific Repertory Opera in San Luis Obispo, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with the Mendocino Music Festival, and appearances with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in their fall 2003 presentation of Fidelio.  This was her third invitation to work with CSO, having previously appeared there as Violetta in La traviata and Mimì in La bohème.

Since leaving Opera San Jose, Miss Kierstine has also added to her resume performances of Madama Butterfly with Pacific Repertory Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Santa Barbara and the Buffalo Philarmonic,  Violetta (La traviata) and Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) with Eugene Opera, and numerous productions of La bohème as Mimì and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

On the concert stage, she has appeared in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with  Pensacola and Richmond Symphonies, the Winter Park Bach Festival and Albany Pro-Musica, and with Colorado Symphony in Handel’s Messiah.  She has also appeared with the Buffalo Phillharmonic in Mozart’s Great Mass in C and performed the same work with the Santa Cruz Symphony, with whom she also performed the Brahms Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony  No. 2.  She has been heard with Albany Pro-Musica and the Bozeman Symphony in the Verdi Requiem and in all-Verdi Opera Galas with the South Bend Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima.

In performances which highlight her active role as a distinguished advocate of  contemporary music repertoire, Miss Kierstine has appeared numerous times with Edwin London and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in the highly acclaimed cycle, Canti Lunatici by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Bernard Rands.  She has also appeared as a guest artist performing Canti Lunatici and other works by composers such as Davidovsky, Bohmler and Crumb at the Aspen Music Festival and the  Buffalo and Grand Teton Music Festivals.

Miss Kierstine is a past National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and has  been awarded Metropolitan Opera Study Grants three times.  She is a past First Place Winner of The Center for Contemporary Opera International Vocal Competition, and under their sponsorship made her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

For more information, please visit Ms. Kierstine’s website.