Noticed for her “ warm and ethereal voice” Kristina Bitenc is a rising soprano with wide repertoire as well in opera as in oratorio.
In the season 2016/17 Kristina is touring through the Netherlands with Dr. Miracle’s last illusion created by the young uprising opera company Opera2Day. Kristina is performing among others arias from La Sonnambula ( Ah, non credea mirarti) and Menotti’s opera The Medium.
“Kristina Bitenc moves with a warm and ethereal sounding "Ah! Non credea mirarti. “ ( Opera Magazine, February 2017)
In 2015 she received critical acclaim for her role debut as Eurydice in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Nederlandse Reisopera staged by Floris Visser. In the Netherlands the opera was chosen as the Opera of the year 2015.
“But most impressive is Kristina Bitenc as Eurydice with a huge range and a smooth voice.”
“Her acting is sophisticated and convincing and her voice is warm and crystal clear. “
“The Slovenian soprano Kristina Bitenc shines in her role as Eurydice. She moves with the grace of a goddess and sings with a powerful and warm voice.”
Ms. Bitenc is in great demand as a concert soloist as well as on the opera stage. She has distinguished herself in leading opera roles as Eurydice (Gluck), Sandrina (Mozart), Blanche and Elle ( Poulenc), Max ( Knussen), Mrs. Julian ( Britten), Gianetta ( Donizetti), Femme (Milhaud). She performed with opera companies such Nederlandse Reisopera, Opera2day, Opéra National du Rhin.
Throughout her career Kristina has collaborated with many conductors including Reinbert de Leeuw, David Syrus, Antony Hermus, Marko Letonja, Bas Wiegers, Patrick Davin, Claude Schnitzler, Vincent Monteil , Gordan Nikolic, Friedemann Layer, Leo Hussain and has performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, ASKO Schönberg ensemble, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Noord Nederland Orkest, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Dutch Youth Orchestra.
In the years 2012-14 Kristina was member of the Opera studio at the Opéra National du Rhin where she participated in productions such as Blanche neige (La Souris, Le Nain Oups ) by Lange, La belle ou bois dormant (La fée bleue/ Princesse) by Respighi, Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse ( La Princesse Badr-al Budur)
by Rota and Owen Wingrave ( Mrs. Julian) by Britten, Le Pauvre Matelot ( Femme) by Milhaud and Der ferne Klang (Mizi) by Schrecker. She also participated in the guest performances of the Strasbourg Opera studio at the Atelier-Théâtre Louis Jouvet (Paris).
“Kristina Bitenc as Femme imposes a real dramatic and musical presence” (Opéra Magazine, May 2014)
“Discovery of the evening is the young Slovenian soprano” ( OBD Opéra, April 2016)
Ms. Bitenc studied violin at an early age but soon discovered her real passion, singing. Subsequently she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Barbara Pearson. She was then selected to join the Dutch National Opera Academy from 2010-2012, where she received her Master´s Degree in Opera with distinction. She is coached by Brian Masuda and Ira Siff.
Composer Opera Role
G.Bizet Carmen Michaela *
B.Britten Owen Wingrave Mrs. Julian
G. Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Giannetta
G. Donizetti Il Campanello Seraphina
C. Debussy Pélleas et Mélisande Melisande *
G. Faure Penelope Melantho
C. W. Gluck Orphée et Eurydice Eurydice
O. Knussen Where the wild things are Max
M. F. Lange Blanche Neige La Souris, Le Nain Oups
D. Milhaud Le Pauvre Matelot Femme
W. A. Mozart La Finta Giardiniera Sandrina
F. Poulenc La Voix Humaine Elle
F. Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Blanche
H. Purcell Dido and Aeneas Belinda, 1st Witch
H. Purcell The Fairy Queen
M. Ravel L´Enfant et les Sortilèges La Bergere, La Chauve-Souris
O. Respighi La belle au bois dormant Princesse, La fee bleu
N. Rota Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse Princess Badr-al Budur
F. Schreker Der ferne Klang Mizi
Roles in preparation
G.Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Adina
C.Gounod Romeo et Juliette Juliette
J. Massenet Manon Manon
G.Verdi La Traviata Violetta
J.S.Bach Johannes Passion
J. Brahms Requiem
L. van Beethoven An der Freude
A. Bruckner Requiem
G. Faure Requiem
G. Handel Messiah
W.A. Mozart Krönungmesse
Missa in c
H.Berlioz Les nuits d'été
J.Massenet: Suis je gentille? Je marche sur tous les chemins
Mirsa Adami, piano
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