Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich”, “creamy”and “beautifully dramatic”. Mark Kanny, of the Pittsburgh Tribune, describes her voice as “a beautifully placed mezzo-soprano voice that is rich without ever being heavy.” Known for her convincing interpretation of trouser roles and charmingly feminine portrayals Ms. Gunlogson has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress. Ms.Gunlogson has performed with Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Anchorage Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Sarasota Opera.
Recent performances include a solo concert with the OMSK Philharmonic in OMSK, Russia, the roles of Mother, Chinese Tea Cup and Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Utah Symphony, the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Baltimore Lyric Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Columbus as well as the role of Ma Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Anchorage Opera. Other performance highlights include Maddalena in Rigoletto with both Utah Opera and Austin Lyric Opera, the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Nevada Opera, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, a gala celebration concert with Nashville Opera, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Indianapolis Opera. In the 2006-2007 Season, Ms. Gunlogson appeared with Nashville Symphony as The Chinese Cup/A Herdsman/The White Cat on their GRAMMY nominated CD of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, recorded and released on the Naxos label. Other recordings include a performance of The Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors with The Nashville Symphony, also released by the Naxos label.
In 2005, Ms. Gunlogson debuted at Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in the Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Theresienmesse. As an oratorio soloist Ms. Gunlogson has performed with The Nashville Symphony,The Utah Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Johnstown Symphony, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, The Cathedral of the Madeleine, The Salt Lake Choral Artists, The Fairfax Symphony, and Utah Chamber Artists in such works as Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mass in C and Missa Solemnis, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Elijah, The Messiah,The Rachmaninoff Vespers and Mozart’s Requiem.