Praised by The New York Times for possessing a “shimmering voice…with the virtuosity of a violinist and the expressivity of an actress” mezzo-soprano Krista River demonstrates these distinctive qualities in all of her performances, whether it is on the operatic stage, in an art-song recital or in front of a symphony orchestra. Ms. River won the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and is a 2007 grant recipient from the Sullivan Foundation, whose goal is to identify talented young singers and help them develop professional careers.
Ms. River’s 2006-2007 season featured orchestral engagements with the North Carolina Symphony (Schubert Mass in E-flat), York Symphony (Duruflé Requiem/ arias from Carmen) and the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah). Opera engagements this season include concert versions of Handel’s Orlando (Medoro) with Boston's Emmanuel Music and Berg’s Wozzeck (Margret) with the New England Philharmonic, as well as Ms. River’s debut with Opera Boston in the role of Annio in La clemenza di Tito, about which the Boston Herald said “…River offered perhaps the most purely delightful singing of the evening.”
2005-06 highlights included Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society, Schubert Mass in A-flat with the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus, Dvorak Requiem with the Florida Orchestra and Mozart Requiem with the Harrisburg Symphony. Featured recitals that season include the critically admired series centered around Lorenzo DaPonte presented by Columbia University's Italian Academy in New York.
Other notable orchestral engagements include de Falla's El Amor Brujo with the Boston Symphony, Handel Israel in Egypt, Schumann’s Genoveva, Bach Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with Emmanuel Music, Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus and Telemann St. Matthew Passion with the Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque Ensemble.
Praised by Opera News as “seductive and energetic” for her portrayal of Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Aperta, Krista River’s previous opera appearances include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Santa Fe Symphony, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, Nancy in Albert Herring with the Red House Opera, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Southwest and Anna I in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Intermezzo Opera.
Krista River has performed chamber music as a guest artist at summer festivals such as John Harbison’s Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Saco River Festival, and the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine. A contemporary music advocate, Ms. River has given the world premieres of several new works by composers such as John H.Wallace, Toni Lester and Paul Preusser. She created the role of Genevieve in Brian Hulse’s chamber opera, The Game, at the Kennedy Center, as part of their Millennium Stage series.
Krista River began her musical career as a cellist, earning her music degree at St. Olaf College. She resides in Boston and is a regular soloist with Emmanuel Music’s renowned Bach Cantata Series led by music director Craig Smith.