Kirsten MacKinnon will return to Opera Philadelphia this weekend as Micaëla in a new production of Carmen by director Paul Curran. Maestro Yves Abel conducts with Daniela Mack in the title role opposite tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson as Don José.
This continues an exciting season for Kirsten, which saw her critically-acclaimed Oper Frankfurt debut as Inès in l’Africaine, and her Glyndebourne debut as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte on tour. Schmopera said of her Frankfurt debut: “Canadian soprano Kirsten MacKinnon gave a lovely, enchanting sneak peak of what Frankfurt audiences can expect when she joins the Ensemble next season. She lent a wonderful strength to the fawning, stereotypical damsel-next-door Inès, and found femininity in the role without resorting to the usual hysterics of opera’s more typical romantic female leads.”
Further ahead this season, she will make concert appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, before joining the ensemble of the Oper Frankfurt in September.
Carmen opens this Friday and will play until 6 May. Further information can be found here.
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