The winner of the 8th International WagnerStimmen Wettbewerb in Karlsruhe and an International Opera Awards Bursary recipient, Kirstin read English & Italian at the University of Auckland before graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as Master of Opera with Distinction. Further study followed at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, as an Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellow and Samling Artist.
Recent operatic engagements include a critically acclaimed role debut as Senta Der Fliegende Holländer for Longborough Festival Opera, the title roles in Beethoven’s Fidelio for Melbourne Opera and Leonore (1805) for the Buxton Festival, and Smetana’s Libuše in the work’s British staged premiere. Kirstin also performed the central role of Anna in the prizewinning new ‘lockdown opera’ A Life Reset, broadcast on OperaVision. Other engagements have included Tove Gurrelieder under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, and Isolde in an adaptation of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
Future plans include debuts as Isolde in Germany (Theater Nordhausen) and a concert of Wagner Arias with the Thüringer Symphoniker. Engagements postponed due to COVID include Brünnhilde Die Walküre in Australia, and the title role in a workshop production of Strauss’ Elektra. Further engagements in 20/21 and 21/22 await confirmation.
Previous roles include Elettra Idomeneo (Blackheath Halls Opera), and Gertrud Hänsel und Gretel (Garsington Opera at West Green), the title role in Euryanthe, Ada Die Feen and Mariana Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera Group, and Gerhilde Die Walküre for Saffron Hall Opera. Other engagements include Samaritana Francesca da Rimini (Opera Holland Park), Helmwige Die Walküre (St Endellion Festival), Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito, Angelica Suor Angelica. At the RCS, Kirstin sang Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Fiordiligi Cosí fan Tutte, and Nella Gianni Schicchi, and covered Magda La Rondine for British Youth Opera.
Kirstin has made several appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and beyond, including key cycles such as Vier Letzte Lieder, Shéhérazade, Wesendonck Lieder and Nuits d’été.
Kirstin Sharpin's performance in The Trust Community Foundations Opera in Concert: Beethoven's Fidelio is supported by Sandra Greenfield.
See Kirstin Sharpin in action on Saturday 8 May at The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert: Beethoven's Fidelio.