Soprano Kirsten Blaise has gained a particular reputation in operatic and concert works of the Baroque and Classical eras, but her repertoire also embraces such composers as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, Mahler and, among leading contemporary figures, John Adams and Michael Finnissy.
Born in America, and trained at Indiana University's renowned School of Music, Kirsten Blaise made her professional debut in Indiana in 1996 before moving to Europe to develop her international career. She currently resides in Germany.
From 2007 to 2009, as a member of the company at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, her operatic roles included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Lisa in Lehár's Das Land des Lächelns. Highlights in recent opera seasons include her Polissena in Radamisto at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival, praised by Opernwelt as "exceptional … touching on vocal enchantment” and Antigona in Admeto at both the Göttingen Handel Festival and Edinburgh Festival in a production by Doris Dörrie, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. At Paris' Theâtre du Châtelet she has appeared as Woglinde in Wagner's Ring, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and has also performed at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the Salzburg Landestheater, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis und Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. In Summer 2012 she sings Angelica in Haydn's Orlando Paladino at Sweden's Drottningholm Festival.
2011 brought her debut alongside actor John Malkovich in the music-theatre piece The Infernal Comedy, which toured Germany, France, the UK and North and South America. 2012 brings Blaise and Malkovich together for The Giacomo Variations, based on the life of Casanova and the operas of Mozart and da Ponte, which will again be seen in Europe and the Americas.
Numbering among her festival appearances are the Holland Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestpiele, the Halle Handel Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw (with the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie under Trevor Pinnock), Oregon Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival and, in Mahler's Symphony Nr. 2 under Christoph Eschenbach, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. In 2007 at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival she gave the world premiere of a song cycle dedicated to her by the British composer Michael Finnissy.
Kirsten Blaise has also collaborated with the Stuttgart Bachakademie and Helmuth Rilling and orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Classical Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, Edmonton Symphony and Le Parlement de Musique. She has made recordings for Hänssler Classics, Harmonia Mundi USA, Assai, Decca DVD, Oehms Classics (Glucks's Ezio and Cimarosa's Gli Orazi e i Curiazi) and Naxos (Sacchini's Oedipe à Colone).