About the Artist
Praised for her “plush” voice by the Baltimore Sun and voice of “sweet clarity” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith enjoys an active performing career in oratorio, opera and sacred vocal chamber music, particularly specializing in music of the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras.
Recent notable engagements include performances with The Folger Consort, NYS Baroque, The Bach Sinfonia, the Catacoustic Consort of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Magnificat Baroque of San Francisco, The Bach and Baroque Ensemble of Pittsburgh and with the Mark Morris Dance group, singing in the pit at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Bach Consort. Ms. Dubenion-Smith has also performed concerts with various ensembles at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Exhibition, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival and the Washington Early Music Festival.
Ms. Dubenion-Smith’s operatic career spans more than a dozen opera roles performed throughout the United States. Some of her more notable roles have included Endimione in La Calisto, Hecuba in La Didone and Cupid in Venus and Adonis with American Opera Theater, Humility in Ordo Virtutum with the Peabody Early Music Department, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Peabody Opera Outreach and La Baronne in Chérubin with New Jersey Opera Theater.
Ms. Dubenion-Smith also has a keen interest in contemporary music. She has had the privilege to work with The Evolution Contemporary Music Series the past three seasons where she has performed works such as David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece The Little Match Girl Passion as well as Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs and works by Arvo Pärt. Most recently, Ms. Dubenion-Smith performed, for the composer, selections from the chamber opera Song from the Uproar by NYC based composer, Missy Mazzoli.
Originally from Michigan, Ms. Dubenion-Smith graduated from Alma College before moving to Baltimore to complete her studies in voice at the Peabody Institute. Still residing in Baltimore, in 2010, Kristen co-founded the award-winning D.C. based medieval trio, Eya. Eya is a unique ensemble seeking to refresh and invigorate the interpretation and performance of medieval music for women. You can learn more about Eya at www.eyaensemble.com
2013-2014 solo engagements include concerts with: Apollo’s Fire, The Washington Bach Consort, Eya Medieval Ensemble, The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, Easton Choral Arts, The Cathedral Choral Society, The New Dominion Chorale and The Bach Concert Series of Baltimore.