Kristin Morant, soprano
Kristin Morant, soprano I – 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’sThe 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 an 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.
Brian Haase, baritone
Brian Haase is a native of Minnesota. He is thrilled to be making his Exultate debut. He has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Aspen Music Festival, and The Mirandola Ensemble. He has also performed several Oratorio works in the US and Europe. He completed his Masters work in Opera Performance at Rice University and received his Bachelors of Arts from Northwestern College.