Kristin Morant, soprano
Kristin Morant, soprano – At New York City’s Carnegie Hall in April 2009, Kristin Morant “brought the audience to its feet” (Standard-Examiner Utah) with her crystalline voice and sparkling interpretation of the “Bell Song” from Lakme. Morant has had similar success across the country.
Morant’s effervescent opera performances have included many of the most spectacular coloratura roles in the repertory. Opera engagements have included Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Twin Cities Lyric Theatre, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Elisa in Il re pastore, Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Cecile in the midwestern premiere of Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons – all with the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre. On the Minnesota Opera’s Midwestern Tour, she appeared as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and the Narrator Bat in the premiere of Carla Alcorn’s The Cat Who Walks by Himself. With the Minnesota Opera, she has also appeared in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Street Scene and Die Zauberflote. Other roles premiered include the Oracle in Shirley Mier’s The Oracle at Delphi and Marcantonio in the Minnesota Opera’s premiere of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming.
Kristin has been the recipient of the Schuessler Vocal Fellowship, the Schubert Club Special Opportunities Grant and the Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunities Grant. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Barbara Kierig.
In recording, Kristin Morant can be heard with the Exultate Choir and Orchestra in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor. This recording can be purchased on the Exultate web site.
Kristin Morant also instructs voice and piano and has been a voice instructor for the University of Minnesota. She maintains a studio of voice and piano students at Como Voice & Piano Studies in St. Paul, MN. More information about her at Kristin Morant.
Jeffrey Martin, bass-baritone
Jeffrey Martin, bass-baritone – a native of Maryland, recently finished his Masters Degree at Peabody Conservatory at The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Martin’s career took flight with The Peabody Conservatory as The Man with the Cornet Case/Puppet-master from Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, of which The Baltimore Sun said: “Jeffrey Martin brings solid tone and exemplary diction…” This formidable voice was heard this summer singing the roles of Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Sergeant Bouncer (Cox and Box), and the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater in Cambridge, NY.
Jeffrey has performed in opera scenes as Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Leporello, Osmin, and Colline (La Boheme). During his tenure in Baltimore, Jeffrey performed Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Peabody’s collaboration with Lyric Opera Baltimore on the Lyric Opera stage. Recent concert performances include Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor with Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale and Peabody Conservatory’s Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. Recently, Jeffrey was found performing the role of Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) with La Musica Lirica Festival in Novafeltria Italy, in addition to Escamillo in Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with the University of Minnesota. Jeffrey is currently attending the University of Minnesota, pursuing his Doctorate in Vocal Performance. He was last heard with Exultate in the Mozart Requiem.