World renowned mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez to perform at FMU Performing Arts Center
FLORENCE – Mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez is scheduled to perform at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center as part of the university’s Artist Series on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Chávez is considered one of the most riveting and significant young artists performing today. She is praised for her luscious and velvety tone that transcends classification, with its rich evenness in her lower register and the easy ripeness of the top. The combination of the dramatic intensity of her acting, along with her natural physical beauty, make her an arresting and unique presence on the operatic stage.
Chávez has captured attention and acclaim in her signature roles and is now known as one of the definitive Carmens of the day, a role that she has performed with great success throughout the United States, and elsewhere in the world, including in Japan, China, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. Opera News recently reported that her Carmen in Graz, Austria was “the Carmen of a lifetime. With her dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma, Chavez has it all, including a superb command of French and a sense of humor.”
The mezzo-soprano sang the title role of Carmen with the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, at The New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, Manitoba Opera, Opera Carolina, and Opera New Jersey.
She was born in Albuquerque, N.M., but spent most of her formative years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where her parents worked as English and Music teachers. She received a Bachelor of Music degree, with Honors, from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Music degree in performance, and the performer’s certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. After beginning an artistic residency with the Orlando Opera, Chávez won several major international competitions, including The Sullivan Foundation, The George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Opera Index Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (National Finalist).
The performance is free and open to the public.