Berkshire Choral International

Kristina Bachrach


Kristina Bachrach is making a name for herself in New York City and around the country. In the 2015/2016 season she was the Grand Prize winner of James Conlon’s inaugural Ziering Conlon Recovered Voices Young Artist Competition held in Los Angeles, CA. She also made her operatic role debut as the Princess in Bare Opera NYC’s inaugural production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges. That same season she appeared in recital in the Masterworks Series at BargeMusic, at the Roeliff Jansen Library, and at Notre Dame University, as well as with Cantata Profana Ensemble, performing Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet in New Haven and New York City to a rave review in The New York Times. Further, she starred in the world premieres of Cephalophore by Chris Kincaid and The Man Who Woke Up by Robin Haigh with the Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY. She completed her third collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera in its presentation of two operas by Bohuslav Martinu and recorded songs of John Harbison as part of a CD for the twentieth anniversary of SongFest. This past summer found her in residence at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum and with the Lake George Music Festival, where she was featured singing Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

In the 2013-2014 season she made role debuts as Lucy in The Telephone and Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium with Opera Naples, Emily Dickinson in Emily at Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY, and Musetta in La Boheme with the Lyric Opera of Virginia. Throughout the year she performed with the Brooklyn Art Song Society in many concerts of the lieder of Johannes Brahms in New York City, Philadelphia, Newton, MA, and South Bend, IN. In December 2013 she returned as a soloist with the Westchester Choral Society in its annual Christmas concert and appeared for the first time with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn singing the soprano solos in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. In January Kristina was an Artist Resident at the Banff Music Centre, where she focused on the music of Elliott Carter and Judith Weir, and at the end of April Kristina made her Carnegie Hall Debut as the soprano soloist in Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra of NY. She also presented solo recitals under the auspices of the Moravian Music Foundation and the Joy in Singing Foundation.

She has completed residencies with Nashville Opera, where she appeared as Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Papagena in The Magic Flute, and at the Tanglewood Music Center where she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and was a featured soloist in Mark Morris Dance Group’s production of Dido and Aeneas. She was thrice a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest at Colburn and will return this summer as the Ziering Conlon Fellow. She looks forward to an upcoming residence with YellowBarn Music Festival in Putney, VT.

Kristina holds degrees from Mannes College, the New School for Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, summa cum laude. While in Illinois she earned the Sara de Mundo Lo award for Outstanding Opera Performance for her portrayal of Sally Goodkin in Joseph Turrin’s The Scarecrow and as a soprano soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. She is an award winner with the American Prize Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Yong Artist Competition, and the Metrowest Opera Competition, and a Grant Award Recipient from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.

She returns to BCI faculty for the second time in Newport, where she will also be the featured soloist.