Kirstin Sharpin

Kirstin Sharpin

Light Dramatic Soprano

Spinto Soprano
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«"Kirstin Sharpin was an eloquent and compelling Leonore"»
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph 'Leonore' July 2016 (2016)
«"Kirstin Sharpin delivered Senta's deluded obsession in a scalding Ballad. Sharpin injected a much-needed sense of recklessness and passion, and it was easy to imagine her in bigger Wagner roles. "»
Opera Magazine, 'DER Fliegende Holländer' August 2018 (2016)
«"It was Kirstin Sharpin’s powerfully sung Electra who raised the dramatic temperature with her contained fury and, at her final mental collapse, maniacal, cackling coloratura. Thrilling."»
- Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times 'Idomeneo' July 2015 (2016)
2018Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerSenta
2018Schoenberg: Gurre-liederTove
2017Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2017Beethoven: FidelioLeonore
2017Wagner: Die WalküreOrtlinde
2016Beethoven: LeonoreLeonore
2016Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)Soprano 1/Magna Peccatrix
2016Wagner: Die WalküreGerhilde
2016Wagner R.: TannhäuserElisabeth
2015Mozart: IdomeneoElettra
2015Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)Soprano II/ Una poenitentium
2015Wagner R.: Das LiebesverbotMariana
2014Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2014Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGertrud
2014Weber: EuryantheEuryanthe
2013Wagner: Die FeenAda
2013Wagner: Die WalküreHelmwige
2012Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoVitellia
2011Verdi: AidaUna sacerdotessa
2010Zandonai: Francesca da RiminiSamaritana
2010Verdi: RequiemSoprano soloist
2009Strauss R.: Vier letzte Lieder No. 1, TrV 296 (Frühling)Soloist
2008Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginTatyana
2008Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2008Puccini: Suor AngelicaSuor Angelica
2007Puccini: Gianni SchicchiNella


The winner of the triennial International WagnerStimmen Wettbewerb in 2015, Kirstin read English & Italian at the University of Auckland before returning to her ancestral roots, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as Master of Opera with Distinction.  Further study followed at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, as an Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellow and Samling Artist.

 Recent operatic engagements include a critically-acclaimed role debut as Senta 'Der fliegende Hollaender'at Longborough Festival Opera 2018, the title role in Beethoven’s 'Leonore' for the Buxton Festival, concert performances of the title role in Weber’s 'Euryanthe', Ada 'Die Feen' and Mariana 'Das Liebesverbot' for Chelsea Opera Group, Elettra 'Idomeneo' (Blackheath Halls Opera), and Gertrud 'Hänsel und Gretel' (Garsington Young Artists at West Green).   Other roles include Samaritana 'Francesca da Rimini' (Opera Holland Park), Donna Anna (Regents Opera), Helmwige, Gerhilde & Ortlinde 'Die Walküre', Vitellia 'La Clemenza di Tito' (Opus Opera), Angelica 'Suor Angelica' (Beethoven Ensemble) and at the RCS, Tatyana 'Eugene Onegin', Fiordiligi 'Cosí fan Tutte', and Nella 'Gianni Schicchi', as well as covering Magda 'La Rondine' for British Youth Opera.

Kirstin has made several appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Schoenberg's 'Gurrelieder', via Verdi, Strauss and Poulenc, including key cycles such as Vier Letzte Lieder, Shéhérazade, Wesendonck Lieder and Nuits d’été.

Kirstin was a semi-finalist in the first ‘Meistersinger von Nurnberg’ and the Montserrat Caballé Competitions, and the Elizabeth Connell and Kathleen Ferrier Prizes.  A Britten Pears Scholar, and past recipient of Countess of Munster Trust, Miriam Licette and Sybil Tutton Scholarships, Kirstin is a 2016 bursary recipient of the International Opera Awards, and holds a Goodall Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Senta Immediately Longborough Festival Opera 2018
Schoenberg: Gurre-lieder Tove Immediately 2018
Verdi: Requiem Soprano Immediately Thame 2017
Beethoven: Fidelio Leonore No 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Ortlinde 24 hours 2017


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