Kristin Gornstein

Kristin Gornstein


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«“Kristin Gornstein, a fine actress with a deep, spacious sound, acted Lucretia touchingly and sang with earnest beauty, from the calm of her entrance to suspicion and alarm to the depths of depression.”»
«“Lucretia, the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, stabbed herself and fell practically at the feet of audience members sitting in the first row of folding chairs.”»
The New York Times (2017)
«"Certainly the lively, accomplished Mistresses Ford and Slender (Jenny Townshend and Kristin Gornstein) could appear as Fiordiligi and Dorabella on major stages: both showed rich, beautiful timbres and technical aplomb."»
Opera magazine (2017)
2017Mozart: La Finta GiardinieraCavalier Ramiro
2016Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2016Verdi: RigolettoGiovanna
2016Rossini: La CenerentolaAngelina
2016Verdi: MacbethUn domestico di Macbeth
2016Britten: The Rape of LucretiaLucretia
2016Purcell: Dido and AeneasDido
2015Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2014Bellini: I Capuleti e I MontecchiRomeo
2011Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2011Verdi: La TraviataUn domestico di Flora
2010Sullivan: The MikadoPitti-Sing


Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano, sings with some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the classical world in cities throughout the US and beyond. Hailed as, “rich-voiced” (New York Times), and, “a fine actress with a deep spacious sound” (, Kristin portrays both comic and dramatic roles with equal relish.  This season she premiered the role of Paul in Kurt Vonnegut’s only opera, Happy Birthday Wanda June, with Indianapolis Opera, sang the Soprano II solos in several concerts with the acclaimed choral series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space in New York, and will rejoin the ensemble in Dido and Aeneas with the groundbreaking Mark Morris Dance Group at BAM. In May she will premiere the role of Ramiro in Mozart's La finta giardiniera in a co-production between New York City's On Site Opera and the Atlanta Opera.  

In 2015/16, Kristin was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing works by Bach, Korngold, and Golijov.  She also debuted the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Loft Opera in Brooklyn, NY, both to critical acclaim. Other recent performances abroad include shows in Stockholm and Rotterdam with the Opera Mecatronica ensemble, Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah and the Second Soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in Beirut, Lebanon.  Visit her at 
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera Cavalier Ramiro Atlanta Opera 2017
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Dorabella No n/a 2016
Verdi: Rigoletto Giovanna No n/a 2016
Rossini: La Cenerentola Angelina No Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut USA 2016
Verdi: Macbeth Un domestico di Macbeth 24 hours Opera Middlebury, Vermont US 2016