Kristin Dauphinais

Biography

Mezzo-soprano Kristin Dauphinais is highly regarded for her artistry and versatility. She has worked in a variety of genres, including musical theater, opera, concert, oratorio, chamber music and solo recitals. Her performing career has taken her throughout the United States as well as internationally with tours in Italy, China, Australia and additional concert performances in Germany, Spain, Austria and Luxembourg. Her 2015-16 season include featured programs on the London Song Festival (UK), Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), the Tucson Desert Song Festival, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Saarburger Serenaden, an International Chamber Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany.

As an orchestral soloist, Ms. Dauphinais has been often featured in works by Manuel de Falla including Siete canciones populares españolas, El amor brujo and El sombrero de tres picos with orchestras such as the Phoenix Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra. Additional performances as a featured soloist with orchestra include Alban Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the Arizona Symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Apperson Strings and again with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra, and Easy to Love – a revue of the music of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern, with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, as well as Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Haydn’s The Creation, and Handel’s Messiah, narrations with chamber orchestra in William Walton’s Façade, and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale.

On the operatic stage, her recent roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Farnace in Mozart’s rarely performed early work Mitridate, Rè di Ponto, the title role in Handel’s Xerxes, and the role of Ottone in the American professional première of Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa for the 2007 Arizona Vivaldi Festival.

Ms. Dauphinais currently serves on the voice faculty at the Saarburger Serenaden-International Music Festival in Germany and is the chair of vocal studies at of the University of Arizona. In August of 2016 she will be a teaching artist at the Festival de Ópera San Luis, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work
Floyd Mrs. McLean Susannah
Handel Xerxes Xerxes
Humperdinck Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel
Mozart Dorabella Così fan tutte
Mozart Farnace Mitridate, Rè di Ponto
Mozart Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte
Humperdinck Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel
Vivaldi Ottone Ottone in Villa (première)
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Bellini Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Bellini Adalgisa Norma
Berlioz Béatrice Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz Didon Les Troyens
Bernstein Dinah Trouble in Tahiti
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Britten Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia
Donizetti Leonora La Favorita
Donizetti Elisabetta Maria Stuarda
Massenet Charlotte Werther
Monteverdi Poppea L’Incoronazione di Poppea
Morreno Torroba Luisa Fernanda Luisa Fernanda
Mozart Sesto La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Mozart Idomeneo Idomeneo
Mozart Dritte Dame Die Zauberflöte
Offenbach Giulietta, Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann
Purcell Dido Dido and Aeneas
Rodgers & Hammerstein Nettie Fowler Carousel
Rodgers & Hammerstein Mother Superior The Sound of Music
Rossini Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini Tisbe La cenerentola
Rossini Isabella L’Italiana in Algeri
Sondheim Mrs. Lovett, Beggar Woman Sweeney Todd
J. Strauss Orlofsky Die Fledermaus
R. Strauss Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos
R. Strauss Octavian Der Rosenkavalier
Verdi Eboli Don Carlos
Verdi Meg Page, Quickly Falstaff
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Mass in B minor
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Bizet “Carmen” Suite
Brückner Te Deum
Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne
Chausson Chanson perpetuelle
Copland Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
Falla Siete canciones populares españolas
Falla El Amor Brujo
Falla El sombrero de tres picos
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mahler Rückert Lieder
Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate
Mozart Requiem
Ravel Shéhérazade
Stravinsky A Soldier’s Tale
Verdi Requiem
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Vivaldi Gloria
Walton Façade (narrations)

In The Press

EMILY DICKINSON SONGS

“Your performance has stayed with me for two days. Thank you for such nuanced and moving music making. It makes me glad to have written it. With all warm regards, Robert” – Robert Beaser (composer)

EASY TO LOVE

“Soprano Christi Amonson and Mezzo Kristin Dauphinais were both beautifully expressive, bringing just the right amount of theatricality to such lovely ballads as “All The Things You Are,” “Hello Young Lovers” and “Where and When.” Both ladies are possessed of lovely voices, and demonstrated great range and versatility. Whether singing alone with the orchestra, or in duet with Tenor Tevye Ditter or Baritone Ian Greenlaw, their vocal abilities were abundantly demonstrated.

Dauphinais was particularly delightful as she sang “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” with the rare choral accompaniment of the 120 voices of the SCSO chorus. Her animated “Blue Moon” truly brought the unusual piece to life – Director Donald Kendrick was nearly dancing on the podium.” – Mary Nares, Sacramento Press

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