Described as possessing a “shimmering soprano” (The New York Times) with “sparkle and precision” (The Washington Post), Connecticut native Kristen Plumley enjoys singing everything from opera’s light lyric roles to oratorio to pops classics. She has performed with many opera companies throughout the country, including New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Chautauqua Opera.
On the concert stage Kristen has performed a broad spectrum of works, from classical pieces (Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Carnegie Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the Dayton Symphony) to An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis, and Minnesota.
Ms. Plumley also greatly enjoys pops concerts, and her favorite is Sci-Fi Spectacular (music from science fiction movies and television shows, hosted by Star Trek series luminaries such as George Takei, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis), which she has performed with orchestras in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore, Edmonton, and Ottawa, under the baton of Maestro Jack Everly. In 2011 Kristen performed in the North American premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, with operamission in New York. She recently created the role of Ruth Draper in Icarus Rising, a new dance opera about Italian freedom fighter Lauro DeBosis, with Verlezza Dance. She makes time to pay it forward by volunteering as the president of the Ridgewood (NJ) Friends of Music, a parent-run organization that supports the music curriculum in her town’s public schools. Please visit her website at www.kristenplumley.com.
Ms. Plumley last appeared with the ESO in Juned 2015.