Kirsti Harms

Kirsti Harms is a well-known concert artist. Recent engagements have included lieder recitals with accompanist Stephen Mould for SOSA, a recital of French Song with David Harper at the Barossa Festival, the Yarra Valley Festival for Musica Viva with Phillipe Cassard and the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Art Gallery of NSW with Max Olding. She participated in the development of a one-woman show for OzOpera, performed in Melbourne and at the Barossa Festival.

Other concert engagements have included performances of Ceneretola in La Cenerentola in a Tasmanian Symphony/Australian Opera co-production; Lucienne in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt at the Brisbane Biennial; Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with State Opera of South Australia for the 1996 Adelaide Festival; Wagner's Das Rheingold with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart; Stravinsky's Pulcinella at the Sydney Opera House; the roles of Theatre Dresser, Student and Groom in Alban Berg's Lulu under Stuart Challender; the White Cat and Herdsman in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges for the Sydney Symphony; Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi's Gloria, Scarlatti's St. Cecelia's Mass, Duruffle's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Schubert's Mass in B flat with the symphony orchestras of Adelaide, West Australia, Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.

In 2002, she appeared as soloist in Peter Sellars' production of El Nino for the Adelaide Festival. She then made the transition to soprano, singing Nedda in Pagliacci for Opera Australia and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for State Opera of South Australia.

Kirsti began 2003 by singing the title role in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia; she also repeated her interpretation of El Nino for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Japan and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London, under the baton of the composer, John Adams. Later that year, she took on the role of Sister Helen Prejean in SOSA's production of Dead Man Walking. Her other engagements included appearances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Arts Orchestra and a series of Opera In the Vineyards with international tenor, Dennis O'Neill. In 2004, Kirsti will appear as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia and in concert with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and at the Jindabyne Music Festival.
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