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Kristy Swift

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British, Australian

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French, Japanese

Agent:

Connaught Artists
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Opera

Tatiana
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Opera South East
2018
Countess
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Norden Farm, Maidenhead
2018
First Lady
The Magic Flute (in English) (Mozart)
Mid Wales Opera
2017
Xenia
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
Royal Opera House
2016
Marzelline
Leonore (Beethoven)
Buxton Festival
2016
Orfeo
Orfeo (Luigi Rossi)
Royal Opera House
2015
Despina
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Opera Lyrica
2015
Naiad
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Opera Project
2015
Despina
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Opera Lyrica
2014
Frasquita
Carmen (Bizet)
Cambridge Philharmonic
2014
First Niece
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Cambridge Philharmonic
2013
Elana
The Crocodile (Llywelyn ap Myrddin)
Tête à Tête Festival
2013
First Innocent
The Minotaur (Birtwistle)
Royal Opera House
2013
Second Nymph
Rusalka (Dvořák)
Royal Opera House
2012
Noemie
Cendrillon (Massenet)
Royal Opera House
2011
First Sprite
Cendrillon (Massenet)
Royal Opera House
2011
Theodora
Theodora (Staged) (Handel)
Opera Bergen
2011
Mag
Winners (Richard Wargo)
Wexford Festival
2010
Atalanta
Xerxes (G.F Handel)
Iford Festival
2010
Norina
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Lyric Opera of Melbourne
2006
Angelica
Orlando (Handel)
Lyric Opera of Melbourne
2005

Operetta/G&S

Soloist
One Night in Vienna tour (Johann Strauss II)
Raymond Gubbay
2015
Soloist
One Night in Vienna tour (Johann Strauss II)
Raymond Gubbay
2014
Paquette
Candide (Bernstein)
Leipzig Gewandhaus
2013
Yum-Yum
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Opera Queensland
2012
Paquette
Candide (Bernstein)
Barbican Centre
2011
Arline
The Bohemian Girl (Balfe)
Opera South
2009

Musical Theatre

Young Heidi
Follies (Sondheim)
Opéra de Toulon
2013
Maria
West Side Story (Bernstein)
Karralyka Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
2005
Guenevere
Camelot (Lerner and Loewe)
National Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
2004
Johanna
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Karralyka Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
2003

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Rossini)
Bexhill Choral Society
2018
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Faure)
Monkton Combe Choral Society
2018
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Verdi)
Crowthorne Choral Society
2018
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Saint-Saëns)
Crowthorne Choral Society
2017
Soprano Soloist
Mass in C (Beethoven)
Crowthorne Choral Society
2016
Soprano Soloist
A German Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
Crowthorne Choral Society
2015
Soprano Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Radlett Choral Society
2014
Soprano Soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Bedford Choral Society
2011
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Monkton Combe Choral Society
2011
First Soprano Soloist
Grand Mass in C Minor (Mozart)
Monkton Combe Choral Society
2011

Discography

Featured Soprano Soloist
'The Magnificent Seven' Film Soundtrack (Simon Franglen)
Sony Pictures
2016
Young Heidi
Follies (DVD) (Sondheim)
Opéra de Toulon
2013
First Sprite
Cendrillon (DVD) (Massenet)
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
2011
Helen Carr
Over the Edge (feature film) (dir. Webster Forrest)
Fishtank Films
2010

Other

Extended live interview and performance
Johann Strauss Gala (Johann Strauss II)
Is Sanat Concert Hall / Kanal 7 TV, Istanbul
2015
Featured voiceover (spoken)
The Murray Whelan series (dir. Sam Neill)
ABC Television, Australia
2004
Featured interview guest
Mornings with Kerrianne Kennerly (Various)
Nine Network Television, Australia
2004

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Crazed Elana (photo by Claire Shovelton)

Elana with her husband (photo by Claire Shovelton)

Herald Sun Aria final, Melbourne

Norina

The 'Drunk Song' from La Perichole, Royal Festival Hall 2015

The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze

Young Heidi

Competitions

First Prize, Oratorio. National Eisteddfod, Canberra. (2007)

Winner : Herald Sun Aria, Australia (2006)

"Kristy Swift made a wonderfully earthy Despina. Swift is clearly a comic natural and took all of Despina's business in her stride, communicating delightfully with the audience. She gave the role's music a rich, robustness (not to mention having a wonderfully fruity laugh) which complemented the sisters well and brought out the complexities of Despina's character." - Robert Hugill http://www.planethugill.com/2014/09/opera-lyricas-cosi-fan-tutte.html (2014)

"Among the guests at this soiree are Ivan's wife, played with all of the trappings and affectations of a highly-strung diva by soprano Kristy Swift. Her voice is perfectly adapted to the piece's comedy" - Kate Mason, One Stop Arts http://onestoparts.com/review-the-crocodile-tete-a-tete-opera (2013)

“One of the most satisfying performances at this year’s festival came from Australian soprano KRISTY SWIFT who played Mag in the Irish premiere of Richard Wargo’s “Winners”…Swift gave what seemed to me a perfect performance: she sings well, and her English is easily articulated. She pulled off one of the most difficult things to do on an opera stage: there seemed to be no artifice to her acting at all. Nothing was ever overstressed: she simply was.” - Brian Kellow, Opera News (2010)

Kristy Swift has just completed her second consecutive season as soloist for the One Night in Vienna tour with Raymond Gubbay. This tour encompassed all of the major British concert halls.

Kristy's previous operatic roles include First Sprite and cover Noémie/Cendrillon (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Paquette/Candide (The Barbican Centre and Leipzig Gewandhaus), Despina/Così fan tutte (Opera Lyrica), Young Heidi/Follies (Opéra de Toulon), Angelica/Orlando and Norina/Don Pasquale (Lyric Opera of Melbourne), Yum-Yum/The Mikado (Opera
Queensland), Frasquita/Carmen and First Niece/Peter Grimes (Cambridge Philharmonic), Atalanta/Serse (Iford Opera) and the title role in Handel’s Theodora (Opera Bergen). Kristy is also interested in performing new work, and received excellent reviews for her performances as Mag in Richard Wargo's Winners (Wexford Festival) and Elana in Llywelyn ap Myrddin’s The
Crocodile (Tête à Tête).

Concert performances in Europe include Handel’s Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Coronation Mass (K. 317) and Exsultate, Jubilate (K. 165), Haydn's Creation, Nelson Mass and Kleine Orgelmesse and both Gounod's and Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle. Kristy has also performed solo Handel cantatas in Mainz and Engers with selected musicians from Musica Antiqua, Köln.

Kristy has won numerous awards in Australia, including the Herald Sun Aria, the National Oratorio Prize and the Robert Salzer scholarship at the National Liederfest. She has regularly been broadcast on Australian television and radio.

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