“Acerba Volutta,” Cilèa’s Adriana lecouvreur
“Urlicht,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
Acclaimed young mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann has been hailed for her beautiful and rich voice, as well as her captivating presence on stage. The Washington Post hailed, “Krysty Swann has a voice, and she knows how to use it…[She] displayed an instrument of immense power, natural beauty of tone and luscious legato line.” The Philadelphia-born, New York-based mezzo-soprano was featured on the cover of Opera News with the great Dolora Zajick. This season’s engagements include Händel’s Messiah with Boise Philharmonic; the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin and a soloist in opening celebration concert with Spoleto Festival; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. This season, Ms. Swann also performs the role of Rebecca Parker in Yardbird, which had its recent world première at Opera Philadelphia with additional performances at the famed Apollo Theatre in NYC. The piece chronicles the journey of Charlie Parker, famed jazz musician, as he writes his last great masterpiece which the opera takes its name from. Integrating both jazz and opera music styles, she will perform the role with Madison Opera and subsequently with Lyric Unlimited at The Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Last season, Ms. Swann’s opera and concert engagements included Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall and Verdi’s Requiem at Lincoln Center. In previous seasons, she made her concert début in South Africa with the acclaimed KZN Philharmonic under the baton of Daniel Boico. Ms. Swann also returned to the Metropolitan Opera in their productions of Die Walküre and Francesca da Rimini. Ms. Swann made her Milan début in concert with Laverdi orchestra and returned to Austria’s Bregenz festival for a second season. She made her début with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as the Tanglewood Music Festival. Ms. Swann returned to Carnegie Hall as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Alberto Veronisi, alongside Maria Guleghina, Roberto Alagna and Mignon Dunn, garnering rave reviews. She has appeared as soloist in Messiah with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as Emilia with Nathan Gunn and Victoria Clarke in The Firebrand of Florence by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, conducted by Ted Sperling. In the same season, she returned to New York City Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Additionally, she performed the role of Amneris in Bucharest National Opera’s production of Aïda, as well as Maddalena in Atlanta Opera’s Rigoletto.
Ms. Swann is a winner of the 2013 Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition in Italy and the Intermezzo Foundation Award (Elardo International Opera Competition), as well as a two-time winner of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (New York City Opera and Manhattan School of Music). Other distinctions include the Silver Prize of the Opera Index Competition and prizes from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Recipient. Ms. Swann has also taken part in a number of educational programs with New York City Opera. She covered the title role of Richard Danielpour’s opera Margaret Garner, which received its world première in 2005 (New York City Opera), made her début in Avery Fisher Hall with Verdi’s Requiem and sang in Giacomo Puccini’s Edgar along with Marcello Giordani with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queler. In addition, the singer has been a guest at the Michigan Opera Theater and the International Vocal Arts Institute, Israel.