Kristin Darragh2

Born in New Zealand, mezzo soprano Kristin Darragh made her debut at the age of 23 with The New Zealand Opera as Fyodor in Mussorsky’s Boris Godunov, before leaving New Zealand to study at The Royal Academy of Music, London.

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, where she was a Karaviotis scholar, and has lived and worked in Europe since 2004. Her performances with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra include Alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Edo de Waart, The Messiah with Nicholas McGegen and Grimgerde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with Pietari Inkinen. Earlier this season she was heard as the Mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and in De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 2012 she gained a full time soloist contract at Theater Lüneburg, Germany. Over three seasons her roles included Olga (Eugene Onegin,) Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Charlotte (Werther), Alice (Lucia di Lammermoor) Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Frau M ( Neues vom Tage) and Sally Bowles (Cabaret.)

Since her debut with the New Zealand Opera, at the age of 23 as Fyodor in Mussorsky’s Boris Godunov, Kristin has returned home to sing several roles including Olga (Eugene Onegin), Amastre (Xerses), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) Third Lady (Magic Flute) and Mercedes (Carmen.) Other operatic experience includes Erda (Das Rheingold), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Madame de la Haltiere (Cendrillon) for LidalNorthOpera, Oslo. Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Sesto (La Clemenza du Tito) for Auckland Opera Studio, Cherubino (Marriage of Fiagaro) with Sir Colin Davis and the title role in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia for Royal Academy Opera, Florence Pike (Albert Herring) and Stewardess (Flight) for British Youth Opera.

Kristin’s awards have included the Tower AIMES award for outstanding achievement in Music and the NZ Opera Circle100 Scholarship. Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and also works professionally as an actor for stage and screen and a voice actor. In her upcoming season Kristin returns to perform with New Zealand Opera, Bach Musica and The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.