Berkshire Choral International

Kristina Bachrach

Soprano

Kristina Bachrach is emerging as a young artist confident in an extensive range of styles and languages. In 2017, she has joined MetroWest Opera Company as Musetta in their production of La femme bohème, an all-female take on Puccini's evergreen masterpiece, and has appeared with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as soloist for Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She made her American Lyric Theater debut as part of its The New Crew event, presenting the initial hearings of works by Shuying Li and Andy Teirstein, and rejoins Bare Opera as Susanna in the two-hour Mozart / Rossini pastiche Figaro/ Figaro!  A frequent and beloved guest artist with the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS), she appears with them on a variety of French mélodie concert programs throughout the season.

During the 2016–2017 season, Kristina made her debut with the New York Choral Society at St. Patrick's Cathedral for the American premiere of Joseph Vella's The Hyland Mass, produced by the Order of Malta, and joined BASS in repertoire ranging from Schubert lieder to Hanns Eisler's Hollywood Songbook.

In recent seasons, Kristina has become increasingly in demand for fulfilling prestigious artist residencies. This spring she was an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she performed a recital and delivered  a lecture on music by composers who were suppressed or killed during the Holocaust. In the spring of 2017, she joined the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the guidance of Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith to focus on the study and performance of song literature written by living composers. From there she spent the summer in residence at North America's most prestigious chamber music retreat, the Marlboro Music Festival. As one of a select few singers invited to Marlboro, Kristina studied and performed lieder and chamber music alongside the world-renowned artist roster.

Kristina's concert activity includes recital performances of Milhaud's rarely performed song cycle Alissa in the Masterworks Series at BargeMusic and at Notre Dame University, and performances of Schoenberg's Second String Quartet with the Cantata Profana Ensemble in New Haven and New York. Additional New York performances include her appearance with the Westchester Choral Society for their 2013 Christmas concert, her debut with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn as the soprano soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and her Carnegie Hall debut with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra as the soprano soloist in the Bruckner Te Deum. Kristina has performed in recital under the auspices of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Joy in Singing Foundation, and toured a Brahms Lieder program with BASS.

Equally adventurous as an operatic artist, Kristina has appeared in new and rarely performed repertoire with Thompson Street Opera (Louisville, KY), Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Naples, and New York's Bare Opera, in whose inaugural production of L'enfant et les sortilèges she made her role debuts as the Princess and Shepherdess. Kristina has fulfilled residencies with Nashville Opera, where she appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Lyric Opera of Virginia, where she returned to perform Musetta in La bohème.

Kristina holds degrees from Mannes College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (summa cum laude). She is an award winner with the Ziering-Conlon Art Song Competition, American Prize Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition, the MetroWest Opera Competition, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.

She joins BCI in Saratoga Springs for her third season on the faculty.