Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich”, “creamy” and “beautifully dramatic”. Known for her convincing interpretation of trouser roles and charmingly feminine portrayals Ms. Gunlogson has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress. Ms. Gunlogson has performed with Indianapolis Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Upcoming performances include the role of Maddalena in Rigoletto with Utah Opera and the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Baltimore Lyric Opera as well as a performance of Strauss Lieder with the Salt Lake City NOVA Chamber Music Series.
Recent engagements include performances of Ma Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Anchorage Opera and performances of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with both Nashville Opera and Opera Columbus. In 2008 and 2009 Ms. Gunlogson performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Nevada Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Austin Lyric Opera, Siebel in Faust with Fresno Grand Opera, a Gala Celebration concert with The Nashville Opera, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Indianapolis Opera, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with Utah Symphony and Opera, and a Valentine’s Day concert with Mobile Opera. In the 2006-2007 Season, Ms. Gunlogson performed Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel with Augusta Opera, Tessa in The Gondoliers with the Utah Symphony & Opera, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 with the Utah Symphony, and returned to Nashville Opera as The Chinese Cup/A Herdsman/The White Cat in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, recently released on the Naxos label. Other recordings include a performance of The Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors with The Nashville Symphony, released by the Naxos label.
In 2005, Ms. Gunlogson debuted at Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in the Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Theresienmesse. As an oratorio soloist Ms. Gunlogson has performed with The Nashville Symphony, The Utah Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Johnstown Symphony, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, and The Fairfax Symphony in such works as Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mass in C and Missa Solemnis, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Elijah, The Messiah, and The Rachmaninoff Vespers.