Mezzo-Soprano / 2012-2013 Studio Artist
Kristen DiNinno is a promising up and coming mezzo-soprano. She most recently was Suzy in La Rondine with Des Moines Metro Opera. This coming year she will be doing the role of Mercedes in Carmen and Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, both with the Florentine Opera Company. She will be returning for her second year as a Studio Artist with the Florentine. In her 2011-2012 season as a young artist with the Florentine, she performed in mainstage productions including Puccini’s Turandot, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in the role of Mrs. Ott, and in Mozart’s Idomeneo as a Cretan woman. In 2011, Miss DiNinno was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she covered the three roles of Swiss Grandmother, Austrian Woman, and British Dancing Girl in John Adam’s The Death of Klinghoffer. As a young artist with Shreveport Opera Company, she performed in Don Giovanni as Zerlina, The Fantasticks as The Mute, Man of La Mancha as Moorish Girl Dancer, and covered Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. DiNinno received Third Prize in the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition (2010). While obtaining her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Ms. DiNinno was involved in a new contemporary chamber opera through American Opera Projects called Love/Hate by Jack Perla where she debuted the role of Laura. She performed the role of the Girl in the Manhattan School of Music’s Griffelkin by Lukas Foss. The New York Times praised her performance saying, “Kristen DiNinno, as the girl who has a humanizing effect on Griffelkin, contributes a directness and simplicity that makes her persuasively childlike.”
Miss DiNinno will perform the following mainstage roles for the Florentine Opera’s 2012-2013 Season: Mercedes in the October 2012 production of Carmen and Miss Herring in the March 2013 production of Albert Herring.