Kristin Darragh

Kristin Darragh

Marcellina

Kristin Darragh is a New Zealand born mezzo soprano, her voice described by Opernglas as one
of ‘breathtakingly beautiful depth and formidable penetrating power.’ Kristin trained at the Royal
Academy of Music in London and was a full time soloist at Theater Lüneburg, Germany where her
roles included Olga (Eugene Onegin,) Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly),
Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Charlotte (Werther) and Sally Bowles (Cabaret.)
Since her New Zealand Opera debut at the age of 23 as Fyodor in Boris Godunov, Kristin has
returned home regularly in such roles as Olga (Eugene Onegin), Amastre (Xerses), Maddalena
(Rigoletto), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Third Lady ( The Magic Flute) and Mercedes (Carmen.)
Other operatic experience includes Erda (Das Rheingold), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), La Zia
Principessa (Suor Angelica), Sesto (La Clemenza du Tito), Cherubino (Marriage of Fiagaro) under
Sir Colin Davis, Stewardess (Flight) and the title role in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Recent
performances include Alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Edo de Waart and The
Messiah under Nicholas McGegen for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and mezzo soloist
in De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

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