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The mezzo-soprano Kristine Jepson is rapidly earning international recognition as one of the finest young artists of our day and has been acclaimed in leading theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, Opéra National de Paris, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Miami Opera and at the Santa Fe Opera Festival in rôles such as Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, the Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking. In December of 2000 she sang her first performances as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera and was praised highly for her interpretation of this cornerstone of the mezzo repertoire. She subsequently made her début in this rôle at the Teatro alla Scala, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and at the Hamburg State Opera. Her career continues with appearances at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Netherlands Opera, Frankfurt Opera, SemperOper Dresden and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. Kristine Jepson returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the autumn of 2003 as Ascanio in the new production and Metropolitan Opera première of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini under James Levine. She added Idamante in Idomeneo to her repertoire at the Flemish Opera and made her first appearance in Amsterdam in another rôle début, Erika in Radio Vara’s concert performance of Barber’s Vanessa.

Jepson was born in Iowa and completed her musical studies at the University of Indiana at Bloomington. She made her Metropolitan Opera début in Britten’s Death in Venice and has since returned to the company for rôles such as Siebel in Faust, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette and as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, a rôle which she has also sung in Washington and Dallas. She has won special acclaim as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Santa Fe Opera and in Boston and she was singled out for her performance of Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with the St Louis Opera. She has also been heard as Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Miami, as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible in Washington, as Judith in the Vancouver Opera’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle, as Annio in Tito in Dallas and Santiago, and as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the New York City Opera. In the 2000/2001 season she made her début in Paris at the Bastille Opera in Faust and with the San Francisco Opera as Sister Helen in the world première of Jake Heggies’ Dead Man Walking. Concert appearances have included her début at the Cincinatti May Festival in 2000 in Mozart’s C minor Mass. She made her Mostly Mozart début in August 2000 in the same work under Gerard Schwarz. Solo appearances have also included performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.

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