KRISTIN DARRAGH is a New Zealand born mezzo soprano, trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a Karaviotis scholar. Recent performances include Alto soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony under Edo de Waart and Handel's Messiah under Nicholas McGegen for The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Mezzo soloist in De Falla's Three cornered hat with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012 Kristin gained a full time soloist contract at Theater Luneburg. Over three seasons her roles incuded Olga (Eugene Onegin), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflote), Charlotte (Werther), Frau M (Neues vom Tage), Alice (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
A regular principal artist on the New Zealand Opera stage, Kristin made her debut with her national company at the age of 23 as Fyodor (Boris Godunov.) Since then, Kristin has returned home to sing several roles including Siebel (Faust), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Amastre (Xerses), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) and Mercedes (Carmen).
Further opera credits include Erda (Das Rheingold), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Isabella (L'italiana in Algeri), Madame de la Haltiere (Cendrillon), Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Stewardess (Flight), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Baba the Turk (The Rake's Progress), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and the title role in Britten's Rape of Lucretia.
Experienced on the concert stage, Kristin has performed the Verdi Requiem, Mahler 2nd Symphony, De Falla's Amor Brujo, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Kristin's awards have included the Tower AIMES award for outstanding achievement in music and the Circle 100 Scholarship. A Young Artist with New Zealand opera, she has received grants from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, and was generously supported by the John and Margaret Hunn Trust. She was a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest and the Royal Overseas League Competition.
Kristin studied with renowned voice teacher Patricia McCaffrey. She holds a bachelor of Arts in English Literarature, and also works professionally as a voice actor.
In her upcoming 2020 season she will perform with Bach Musica, and return to sing with The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and The New Zealand Opera.