Hailed as “a powerhouse in the making” (Opera News), for her performance of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, young mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi is making a deep impression on the opera scene. Her 2016-2017 season includes a return to Opera San Antonio as Mercedes in Carmen, debuts at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse reprising the role of Paquette in Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Candide, and Washington National Opera in her signature role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Recent career highlights in the 2015-2016 season include making her Santa Fe Opera debut as Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, singing the title role of Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, and taking part in the contemporary innovative work of the mobile opera Hopscotch by Los Angeles’s new company, the Industry. She made her debut at Opera San Antonio singing Suzuki in Madama Butterfly last season and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
During the 2014-2015 season she debuted at the Glimmerglass Festival singing her first Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and returned to the Virginia Opera Young Artist Program where she covered the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. She then crossed over to musical theatre where she sang eighty-five performances of Lady Thiang at the Marriott Theatre’s The King and I and ended the season at Sarasota opera where she debuted the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.
Ms. Choi was one of the winners from the San Diego District in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audtions and advanced to win an encouragement award from the Western Regionals. She was also awarded a grant from the Career Bridges foundation and was a finalist of the Jensen Foundation Competition in 2014.