Kristin Lewis, a lyrico-spinto soprano lauded for her interpretations of Verdi heroines, is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA. Ms. Lewis began her vocal studies at the University of Central Arkansas under the guidance of Dr. Martha Antolik. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she continued with her Master of Music studies at the University of Tennessee with Ms. Kay Paschal and Mr. Andrew Wentzel. Her postgraduate instruction was led by Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff until her move to Vienna, Austria, where she currently resides. She is now under the tutelage of Ms. Carol Byers.
A recipient of many honors, Ms. Lewis was most recently awarded the Orazio Tosi Prize 2012, given by the Club Lirica Parma, at the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi. Ms. Lewis was named the 2010 recipient of the Artist of the Year Award by the Savonlinna Opera Festival. In addition, she was voted a 2010 recipient of the coveted "Oscars of the Opera" by the Foundation of Verona for the Arena. This was the first time this award was given to an artist associated with the Arena of Verona. She is a two-time National Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. Among her other many achievements, she has also been a finalist of the "XLVI Concours International de Chant de la Ville de Toulouse", a winner of the "Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Ferruccio Tagliavini" and a winner of the "Concorso Internazionale Di Musica Gian Battista Viotti". Ms. Lewis also won the Opera Prize and the Audience Award in the "Concorso Internationale di Canto Debutto A Merano".
The 2013-14 season is highlighted by Ms. Lewis’ participation in the bicentennial celebration of Giuseppe Verdi. She will sing the title role of “Aida” at the Vienna State Opera as well as Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy. Ms. Lewis will also be featured as the Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy and Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy. Other anticipated performances are Soprano Soloist in a Gala Concert at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in China with the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the roles of “Leonora” in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Sacramento Opera, “Mimi” in Puccini’s La Boheme with Teatro La Fenice , and “Nedda” in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci at the Royal Danish Theatre and Teatro Regio in Parma, Italy.
Ms. Lewis’ other highly acclaimed Verdi roles are “Leonora” in Il Trovatore, Elisabetta” in Don Carlo, “Medora” in Il Corsaro, and “Amelia” in Un Ballo in Maschera. Equally comfortable with multiple composers, she has also been featured as Puccini’s “Liu” in Turandot, Mozart’s “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni, Jake Heggie’s “Sister Rose” in Dead Man Walking, and “Maddalena” in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier.
Ms. Lewis has performed in such prestigious houses as the Vienna Staatsoper, the l’Opéra de Paris, Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Arena di Verona, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Orchestra New York in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Mariinsky Theatre and Chorégies d'Orange, the Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Teatro Regio di Parma, l'opera de Nice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, in addition to appearing on the far eastern stages of Hong Kong, China. She has been directed by many illustrious conductors, including Nicola Luisotti, Alain Altinoglu, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Muti, Bruno Bartoletti, Philippe Jordan, Dan Ettinger, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Donato Renzetti, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Daniele Callegari, Alberto Veronesi, and Philippe Auguin.
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