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Biography

Soprano Kristine Hurst recently appeared in the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Bourbon Baroque. She debuted with the Tuscaloosa Symphony in 2016, with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and with the Boulder Bach Festival in 2004. Her concert repertoire ranges from Dowland to living composers, her operatic roles from Monteverdi to Stravinsky. She performed in composer Bill Mayer’s 70th birthday celebration concert in New York’s Weill (Carnegie) Recital Hall, in the role of Madeline in the composer’s The Eve of St. Agnes.

Kristine’s solo CD of Dowland lute songs with lutenist Ben Cohen was released in 2008 by Centaur. A specialist in the socio-political background surrounding the songs, she has lectured and performed nationally and internationally, including featured presentations at the College Music Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the International Congress of Voice Teachers, among others.

Recitals are one of Kristine’s active and abiding passions, with creative programming and multi-media presentations often featured. In 2002, she was a regional finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition; in 2006, she appeared on Wisconsin Public’s Radio’s broadcast of Live from the Chazen Museum. With frequent collaborators Andrew Adams, Yakov Kasman, and Denise Gainey, recital tours have taken Kristine all over the United States and Italy, with upcoming recitals in Europe.

A four-year veteran of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston and Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Kristine performed with the Westminster Choir, the New York Choral Artists, and the National Chorale under the batons of Bernstein, Muti, Mehta, Levine, Flummerfelt, Macal, Botstein, Wolff, and Masur in regular appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

After completing degrees at Westminster Choir College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Kristine received grants to continue vocal and language pursuits at Middlebury College’s German for Singers program, for intensive summer study in Vienna, Austria, and for Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Vocal Programme, The Compleat Singer.

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