Kristin Lewis, Soprano, a lyrico-spinto soprano lauded for her interpretations of Verdi heroines, is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA. Ms. Lewis began her vocal studies at the University of Central Arkansas under the guidance of Dr. Martha Antolik. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she continued with her Master of Music studies at the University of Tennessee with Ms. Kay Paschal and Mr. Andrew Wentzel. Her postgraduate instruction was led by Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria, and is a student of Carol Byers.
A recipient of many honors, Ms. Lewis was awarded the 2015College of Arts and Sciences Divisional Achievement Award for the Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was awarded the Orazio Tosi Prize 2012, given by the Club Lirica Parma, at the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi. Ms. Lewis was named the 2010 recipient of the Artist of the Year Award by the Savonlinna Opera Festival. In addition, she was voted a 2010 recipient of the coveted "Oscars of the Opera" by the Foundation of Verona for the Arena. She is a two-time National Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. She has also been a finalist of the "XLVI Concours International de Chant de la Ville de Toulouse", a winner of the "Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb Ferruccio Tagliavini" and a winner of the "Concorso Internazionale Di Musica Gian Battista Viotti". Ms. Lewis also won the Opera Prize and the Audience Award in the "Concorso Internationale di Canto Debutto A Merano”.
In 2014, Ms. Lewis established a foundation to aid in the development of younger musicians and foster the discovery and appreciation of opera and musical culture through experiences in music. The Kristin Lewis Foundation, Inc, is a nonprofit corporation, designed to connect young singers with educational and professional experiences to further refine their talents. Among her other achievements, Ms. Lewis is very active in humanitarian work. She is an Ambassador for the Red Cross in Austria. She also is a supporter of Animal Care Austria, an animal rescue agency based in Vienna.
The 2016-17 opera season will be highlighted by Ms. Lewis' return to Teatro alla Scala in the role of "Bess" in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Other anticipated performances will be her debut of Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder in concert with Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic in Athens, Greece; as well as her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, singing the role of Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Another highlight of the season will be a European tour of Verdi's Aida with Maestro Plácido Domingo as conductor, accompanied by the Budapest State Opera Orchestra and Chorus. She will also make her return to the Vienna Staatsoper to sing the title role in Verdi's "Aida" and the role "Amelia" in Un Ballo in Maschera.
The 2015-16 season featured Ms. Lewis singing her house debut at Carnegie Hall as the Soprano Soloist in Mahler's Second Symphony. She will be led by Maestro Zubin Mehta as conductor and joined by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Other highlights included her return to Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, to sing her role debut of "Ginevra" in Giordano's La Cena delle Beffe; her return to the Vienna Staatsoper with performances of "Amelia" in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera; performances of "Mimi" in Puccini's La Boheme at the Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany; her house debut at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, and her return to Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, to sing the title role in Verdi's "Aida".
The 2014-15 season included Ms. Lewis singing the title role in Verdi's Aida at Teatro alla Scala with Maestro Zubin Mehta conducting. She was also led by Maestro Mehta at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan, in performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her theatre debuts at Astana Opera in Kazakstan and the Seoul Arts Opera Center in South Korea singing the title role in Verdi’s “Aida”. Other illustrious performances included the role “Leonora" in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, and her house debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Germany, singing the role of “Elisabetta" in Verdi’s Don Carlo
During the 2013-14 season, Ms. Lewis participated in the bicentennial celebration of Giuseppe Verdi. She sang the title role of “Aida” at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Staatsoper im Schiller Theatre in Berlin, Germany, l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie, as well as Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy. Other highlights of the season were the roles of “Leonora” in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Teatro alla Scala, “Mimi” in Puccini’s La Boheme with Teatro La Fenice , and “Nedda” in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci at the Royal Danish Theatre and Teatro Regio in Parma, Italy.
Equally comfortable with multiple composers, she has also been featured as Puccini’s “Liu” in Turandot, Mozart’s “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni, Jake Heggie’s “Sister Rose” in Dead Man Walking, and “Maddalena” in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier.
Ms. Lewis has performed in such prestigious houses as the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, the l’Opéra de Paris, Berlin State Opera, the Arena di Verona, Carnegie Hall, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Orchestra New York in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Mariinsky Theatre, Chorégies d'Orange, the Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Teatro Regio di Torino, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Massimo Bellini, Teatro Regio di Parma, l'Opera de Nice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Teatro Comunale di Modena, Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, Astana Opera, in addition to appearing on the far eastern stages of Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan. She has been directed by many illustrious conductors, including Nicola Luisotti, Alain Altinoglu, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Muti, Bruno Bartoletti, Philippe Jordan, Donato Renzetti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Dan Ettinger, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Donato Renzetti, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Daniele Callegari, Alberto Veronesi, Omer Wellber and Philippe Auguin.