Kirsten Chambers

Kirsten Chambers

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

Metropolitan Opera debut - 2016 - Title role of SALOME
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«"THE AWESOME SALOME OF KIRSTEN CHAMBERS" -- The performance ended with a standing ovation. Much of it went to debut of Kirsten Chambers, who took over the lead role at the last minute and who offered one of the best and most complete interpretations in decades in the Metropolitan Opera of the impetuous teenager. The soprano, of brilliant timbre, gave life to Salome with naturalness from her first appearance, making the role something fascinating. And she did so in the stylized production of Jürgen Flimm, which since its premiere in 2004 had not had such a convincing Salome.»
Eduardo Brandenburger, Ópera Actual.com, December 2016 (2017)
«Kirsten Chambers seemed to give everything she lived for to Salome. Her debut in the role was praiseworthy. In this hugely demanding role Chambers never appeared to tire. On the contrary, the depth of her performance grew wildly as she exhibited the fitness of an athlete...The dramatic colour exhibited throughout her middle range and the defined delicacy of her high notes easily won the audience over to Chambers' Goliath effort.»
Paul Selar, Opera Chaser, October 2014 (2017)
«Kirsten Chambers... wielded the evening's most convincing dramatic arc, her character maturing from innocent young girl to emotionally complex woman in the course of the story... Throughout the ranks, the singers gave full dramatic commitment to the production.»
Ken Smith, Opera Magazine, November 2013 (2017)
2017Wagner: Die WalküreBrünnhilde
2017Zemlinsky: Der ZwergDonna Clara
2017Schoenberg: ErwartungThe Woman
2017Schoenberg: ErwartungThe Woman
2016Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2016Wagner: Tristan und IsoldeIsolde
2016Beethoven: FidelioLeonore
2015Dvořák: RusalkaForeign Princess
2015Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2014Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2014Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2013Wagner: LohengrinElsa Of Brabant
2012Puccini: TurandotTurandot
2012Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2012Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca

Bio


Kirsten Chambers made her Metropolitan Opera house debut on short notice in 2016 in the title role of Salome.  Her Carnegie Hall debut came on just two days’ notice when she sang the fiendishly difficult role of Maria in Richard Strauss’ Friedenstag with the American Symphony Orchestra.  Her 2016-17 season started when she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time this fall as a cover of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde.  

Upcoming engagements for 2017-18 include Infantin in Der Zwerg with Odyssey Opera in Boston, the Angel in Angels in America with New York City Opera, Erwartung with The Orchestra Now, and a return to the title role of Salome with Florida Grand Opera.

During the 2015-16 season she debuted Foreign Princess in Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Leonore in Fidelio for the opening of New Amsterdam Opera.  For her performance at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, she “sang convincingly as the beautiful, conniving Foreign Princess, without sacrificing great vocal sounds for characterization.” (The Examiner) 

Her 2014-15 season began with her exciting debut in the title role of Salome at Opera Hong Kong, where “the depth of her performance grew widely as she exhibited the fitness of an athlete… The dramatic colour exhibited throughout her middle range and the defined delicacy of her high notes easy won the audience over.” (Opera Chaser)  For Opéra de Rennes, she reprised the role of Elsa in Lohengrin, described as “delicious with beautiful legato and radiant high notes.” (Opéra Magazine)

Her European debut in 2013-14 was with Savonlinna Opera Festival as Elsa in Lohengrin, with regard to her performance, Opera Magazine indicated that “Kirsten Chambers… wielded the evening's most convincing dramatic arc, her character maturing from innocent young girl to emotionally complex woman in the course of the story.“ She also appeared as a featured soloist in excerpts from Lohengrin with the Oulu Symphony in both Oulu and Helsinki and later at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg in promotional concerts for Savonlinna Opera Festival. Ms. Chambers reprised the role of Elsa in Lohengrin for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In concert she performed Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Brünnhilde’s Entrance from Die Walküre with Orchestra Kentucky. 

 
Ms. Chambers 2011-12 season began with a cover of the title role of Turandot with Arizona Opera and a concert performance of the title role of Tosca with Opera Saratoga.  She made her Lincoln Center debut starring in the soprano monodrama Nora, In the Great Outdoors with American Opera Projects, followed by a staged performance of Tosca with the Martha Cardona Opera and a return as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. At Toledo Opera she covered the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos and sang Nedda in Pagliacci with the Bronx Opera. 


A champion of new music, Ms. Chambers has been recorded on the Newport Classics Label and appeared numerous times with American Lyric Theater and American Opera Projects. Other past engagements include performances with Opera New Jersey, Shreveport Opera, Lake George Opera, Moores Opera Center, Center City Opera, Opera Illinois, Opera East Texas, Halifax Opera, and The Living Opera.

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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Salome Salome Florida Grand Opera 2018
Wagner: Die Walküre Brünnhilde No 2017
Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg Donna Clara 24 hours Odyssey Opera 2017
Schoenberg: Erwartung The Woman No The Orchestra Now 2017
Schoenberg: Erwartung The Woman The Orchestra NOW, Metropolitan Museum of Art 2017