Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano, is originally from Fremont, Ohio and is
currently a resident of Wilmington, Delaware. Her undergraduate degree is from
Bowling Green State University in voice performance with minors in Italian
and German and year abroad at the University of Salzburg. Her graduate
degrees are in voice performance from the University of Michigan. A
young dramatic soprano with an extensive lower range, she has performed
extensively in many roles throughout various genres, including opera, operetta,
and musical theatre. Kirsten has also specialized in Zwischenfach repertoire
(featuring both the mezzo-soprano and soprano ranges). She is represented
by MIA Artists Management.
solo symphony premiere was with the Toledo Symphony
of Toledo, Ohio in the summer of 2007 at a
Music Under the Stars
performance at the Toledo Zoo under the direction of Chelsea Tipton. She was
also the soloist with the Toledo Symphony for the Willis B.
Boyer concert that same summer, as well as a repeat soloist at Music Under
the Stars in 2008 under the direction of Sam Szor. She has been featured
as a soloist with the Dana Symphony Orchestra in Youngstown, Ohio under the
direction of Stephen Gage.
She performed for many years with the Toledo Opera and was in the world premiere
of Margaret Garner at Michigan Opera Theater. She has coached with
Martin Katz, Ghenady
Meirson, Laura Ward, Patrick Harvey, and Jean Schneider, and studied under Barbara Kondalski, Virginia
Barbara Lockard-Zimmerman, Rico Serbo, Rebecca St. Goar, and most
recently, Carmen Balthrop.
favorite roles and performances have included Mimì in La bohème (Windy City Opera), Mother in Amahl and the Night
Visitors (OperaLancaster), Foreign Woman and Voice on the Record in The
Consul (Phildelphia Opera Collective), Liza in Pique Dame, Zemfira
in Aleko, and the title role and Brigitta in Iolanta (Russian Opera Workshop), Donna Elvira in
(Sieur Du Luth), The Witch in
Hansel and Gretel (UM
Opera), Marcellina in Le nozze di
Figaro (BG Opera),
Gianetta in The Gondoliers (Black Swamp Theatre), Adelaide
in High Jinks (Comic Opera Guild), Soprano soloist in The Armed Man
(Rackham Symphony Choir), and Susie in
The Velvet Lady (Comic Opera Guild). She was also a finalist
in the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition. In December, 2014, she made
her Carnegie Hall debut as a first-place winner of the American Protégé
International Vocal Competition.
voting member of the Muscogee Nation, Kirsten commissioned and premiered
sixteen original compositions, including one of her own, based upon the
poetry of her ancestor and highly-acclaimed poet of the Native American
Muscogee Nation, Alex Posey, as part of her graduate studies. She has
recorded extensively through the Comic Opera Guild, specializing in the works
of Victor Herbert. Her recordings are collected at the Library of Congress,
National Museum of the American Indian
at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, Texas.
She is also on the list of Classical Native American Artists and Musicians at
the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
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