Kristin Sampson | Soprano
2017 CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza
Praised by the New York Times for her “bright, sizable and expressive voice” Kristin Sampson’s engagements in the 2016-17 season will include Micaëla in New York City Opera’s touring production of Carmen and her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. In the spring of 2017, as a guest artist of Drake University, Ms. Sampson performs Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and will make her role and house debut at Opera Carolina as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West. Her engagements in future seasons include the role of Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with New York City Opera, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, and concert appearances in Italy and throughout the United States.
A recent recipient of a grant from the Olga Forrai foundation, her 2015-16 season included debuts at Potenza’s Teatro Francesco Stabile as Mimi in La bohème and at the New York City Opera as Tosca in the celebratory production that re-opened the company. Recent concert performances included Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Maestro Paul Phillips and the Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Passione Lirica with the Tuscia Opera Festvial under the direction of Maestro Stefano Vignati.
Ms. Sampson’s signature roles include: Tosca, Cio-Cio San, Nedda, Emmeline, Mimi and Violetta. She has performed in the U.S. with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Augusta Opera, El Paso Opera and the National Lyric Opera among others, and internationally with the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Armel Opera Festival, National Theater of Szeged, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
To date her long list of heroines includes the title roles of Tosca, Adriana Lecouvreur, Emmeline and Šárka, Violetta (La traviata), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Beatrice (A View from the bridge), Cio-Cio-San (Brescia and Paris versions of Madama Butterfly), Masha (The Seagull), Annina (The Saint of Bleecker Street), Micaela (Carmen), Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), Suzanne (Thérèse Raquin), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Mimì & Musetta (La bohème), and Pamina in (Die Zauberflöte).