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Kirstin Chávez



Kirstin Chávez in action.
Kirstin Chávez in Quartett, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey

American mezzo-soprano Kirsten Chávez makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season, singing the Marquise de Merteuil in Luca Francesconi's Quartett in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Chávez was born in Albuquerque and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where her parents worked as English and Music teachers. She studied at New Mexico State University and the Eastman School of Music. She began an artistic residency with Orland Opera and went onto win several major international singing competitions. She has since won acclaim for her portrayal of Carmen, a role she has performed around the world. Other key roles include Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Recent appearances have included Carmen for Queensland Opera and in Graz and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival.

Chávez is a prominent interpreter of contemporary American opera, engagements including Sharon Falconer (Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry) and Sister Helen Prejean (Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking) for Tulsa Opera, Jo (Mark Adamo's Little Women) for Opera Pacific, Thérèse (Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin) for San Diego Opera and Sondra Finchley (Picker's An America Tragedy) in her principal debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York.