Meet the Region Finalists: Kirsten Scott

Kirsten Scott

Mezzo - Soprano Age 25

Region Finals Repertoire

Que fais-tu, Blanche Tourterelle?------------Roméo et Juliette------------Gounod                            Una voce poco fa------------Il Barbiere di Siviglia------------Rossini
Deh tu, bell'anima------------i Capuleti E I Montecchi------------Bellini
Vois sous l'archet fremissant------------Les Contes d'Hoffman------------Offenbach                      Must the winter come so soon?------------Vanessa------------Barber

Opera Idols: Where did you got to college?
Kirsten Scott: Wellesley College, a small all women’s liberal arts college outside of Boston, MA.  Then I went to Mannes for Grad School in NYC which is when I really started to pursue opera seriously

OI: When did you know you wanted to be an opera singer? 
KS: I have always loved performing – music, acting, both – but opera hit home when I went to Graduate School and had the opportunity to be in my first full opera – Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Then it became pretty clear that the fruit had been tasted and there was no going back. 

OI: Do you remember the first opera you saw?
KS: My German grandmother took me on my “7-year-old trip” (Tradition in my family when grandchildren turn 7 they get to go back to Germany with “Mutti” – that’s what we call my grandmother because we couldn’t pronounce “Grossmutti “ without sounding like we were calling her Gross in English) to Germany. There is a photo of me squinting through opera glasses at a children’s version of The Magic Flute being staged on some random steps in Stuttgart.  I remember the fantastical costumes and thinking how amazing it was to experience a full musical-theatrical performance on the steps of a city - no stage, no microphones, just people doing everything. 

OI: How will you be preparing for the Regionals?  
KS: Singers constantly have to keep pieces fresh. For me, that means singing through my audition repertoire all the time (shower still is the best place, in my opinion), remembering my translation and intention and, when practicing, focus on those little technical things I am always working on – maybe that’s relaxing a certain part of the body that tenses up, or breathing more deeply before a particularly long phrase. It’s a constant evolution.

OI: What did you learn from your experience at the Districts?
KS: Aside from everyone being extremely nice, supportive and helpful in a competitive environment where you don’t expect anything to feel comfortable, Districts were a great because they gave me an opportunity to “perform” more than audition. 

OI: What advice can you give future applicants?  
KS: Be yourself. This whole audition season for me has been about reconnecting with myself and leaving behind this “idea” of who I need to be if I want to “make it.” I am by no means there, but it’s something I think everyone can loose track of when they want something bad enough. 

OI: What roles have you performed?  Any dream opera houses you would like to perform at?
KS: I just did Rosina in The Barber of Seville this summer, which was a huge challenge but also really fun. I got to channel my inner 16-year old, dress up, and sing. It really couldn’t have been a better experience. I would love to sing in all the major cities of the world. Travel is another great love of mine, and to be able to incorporate that into my work is a dream!

OI: Do you have a favorite opera or composer?  
KS: This changes a lot for me, but I would say Bellini is a favorite composer. My 'top three favorite operas' list continues to evolve, but La Bohème is always somewhere up there. Sadly, there isn’t a role for me in it, but I can’t fight the overwhelming emotions I feel every time I hear that music. 

OI: What kind of music do you listen to when you want to relax?
KS: Coldplay and Sam Smith.                                                          

OI: Do you have any upcoming performances/recitals?
KS: I will be joining the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program the day after regionals actually. I will be doing a bunch of fun opera scenes, concerts, and contemporary works and later in the spring will be performing in their mainstage production of The Consul as Vera Boronel. At the beginning of February I will be doing the “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” duo lieder competition with pianist, Laetitia Ruccolo, in Graz Austria as well.