Kirsten C. Kunkle
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Damian Stout and Kirsten C. Kunkle

Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano, is originally from Fremont, Ohio and is currently a resident of Wilmington, Delaware.  Her undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University in voice performance with minors in Italian and German and year abroad at the University of Salzburg.  Her graduate degrees are in voice performance from the University of Michigan.  A young dramatic soprano with an extensive lower range, she has performed extensively in many roles throughout various genres, including opera, operetta, and musical theatre.  Kirsten has also specialized in Zwischenfach repertoire (featuring both the mezzo-soprano and soprano ranges).  She is represented by MIA Artists Management.

Kirsten C. Kunkle with the Toledo Symphony under the direction of Chelsea Tipton

Kirsten’s solo symphony premiere was with the Toledo Symphony of Toledo, Ohio in the summer of 2007 at a Music Under the Stars performance at the Toledo Zoo under the direction of Chelsea Tipton.  She was also the soloist with the Toledo Symphony for the Willis B. Boyer concert that same summer, as well as a repeat soloist at Music Under the Stars in 2008 under the direction of Sam Szor.  She has been featured as a soloist with the Dana Symphony Orchestra in Youngstown, Ohio under the direction of Stephen Gage.  She performed for many years with the Toledo Opera and was in the world premiere of Margaret Garner at Michigan Opera Theater.  She has coached with Martin Katz, Ghenady Meirson, Laura Ward, Patrick Harvey, and Jean Schneider, and studied under Barbara Kondalski, Virginia Starr, Barbara Lockard-Zimmerman, Rico Serbo, Rebecca St. Goar, and most recently, Carmen Balthrop.

   
Peiyi Wang, Kirsten C. Kunkle, and Susan Ruggiero-Mezzadri

Kirsten’s favorite roles and performances have included Mimì in La bohème (Windy City Opera), Suor Angelica (Wilmington Concert Opera and OperaLancaster),  Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (OperaLancaster), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Magda in The Consul (Opera Tennessee), Foreign Woman and Voice on the Record in The Consul (Phildelphia Opera Collective), Liza in Pique Dame, Zemfira in Aleko, and the title role and Brigitta in Iolanta (Russian Opera Workshop), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Sieur Du Luth), The Witch in Hansel and Gretel (UM Opera), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (BG Opera), Gianetta in The Gondoliers (Black Swamp Theatre), Adelaide in High Jinks (Comic Opera Guild), Soprano soloist in The Armed Man (Rackham Symphony Choir), and Susie in The Velvet Lady (Comic Opera Guild).  She was also a finalist in the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition.  In December, 2014, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a first-place winner of the American Protégé International Vocal Competition.  She is a co-founder and artistic director of Wilmington Concert Opera.

   
Kirsten C. Kunkle with Ignacio Gama in Don Giovanni

A voting member of the Muscogee Nation, Kirsten commissioned and premiered sixteen original compositions, including one of  her own, based upon the poetry of her ancestor and highly-acclaimed poet of the Native American Muscogee Nation, Alex Posey, as part of her graduate studies.  She has recorded extensively through the Comic Opera Guild, specializing in the works of Victor Herbert. Her recordings are collected at the Library of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, Texas.  She is also on the list of Classical Native American Artists and Musicians at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
 


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