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Kirstin Chávez



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

American mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez made her Royal Opera debut in 2014, singing the Marquise de Merteuil in 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 Orlando Opera and went on to 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 Gluck's Orfeo, with other engagements including Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival.

Chávez is a prominent interpreter of contemporary American opera, credits including Sharon Falconer (Aldridge's Elmer Gantry) and Sister Helen Prejean (Heggie's Dead Man Walking) for Tulsa Opera, Jo (Adamo's Little Women) for Opera Pacific, Thérèse (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.