(On leave 2012-2013)
Assistant Professor of Voice Kristine Ciesinski’s career has encompassed more than three decades of performing many of the great operatic heroines. She has become identified with roles such as Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at La Scala, and the Paris Opera and Frankfurt Operas; the title role of Salome in eighteen productions including the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Semperoper in Dresden, English National Opera in London, Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and the San Diego, Bremen, and Baltimore Operas; Marie in Wozzeck in Frankfurt, Bonn, Hamburg, London, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy; Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Festival de Vichy, London-ENO, and the English National Opera tour to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and the Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg; Emilia Marty in Janacek’s Makropoulos Case at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Hamburg, Maastricht, and the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, as well as the heroines in Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung in Leipzig, Basel and Tokyo.
Ms. Ciesinski has collaborated with renowned conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Sir Mark Elder, Emmanuel Vuillaume, Donald Runnicles, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Schneider, Lorin Maazel, Sir Alexander Gibson, and Sir Andrew Davis. Her stage and film performances include directors such as Werner Schroeter, Günter Krämer, Peter Stein, Martin Kusej, Peter Konwitschny, Peter Mussbach, Nicholas Muni, Krzysztof Zanussi, Christoph Marthaler, David Pountney, and Francesca Zambello.
Ms. Ciesinski has starred in several interesting film projects including Werner Schroeter’s prize winning Abfallprodukte der Liebe, the BBC docudrama The Secret Life of Alban Bergand Peter Mussbach’s production of Wozzeck from Frankfurt, released on the Kultur Video label.
For twelve years she served on the voice faculty at Brigham Young University - Idaho where she was awarded the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She is married to renowned British Wagnerian bass-baritone, Norman Bailey.