Described as possessing a “shimmering soprano” (The New York Times) with “sparkle and precision” (The Washington Post), Connecticut native Kristen Plumley enjoys singing everything from opera’s light lyric roles to oratorio to pops classics. She has portrayed Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Greensboro Opera Company, Musetta (La bohème) with Amarillo Opera, Norina (Don Pasquale) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Virginia Opera, Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) with New York City Opera, Nannetta (Falstaff) and Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Opera Festival of New Jersey, Sophie (Werther) with Chautauqua Opera, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Despina (Così fan Tutte) with Lyric Opera of Cleveland, the Sultan of Egypt (Glück’s Les Pelerins de la Mecque) with L’Opéra Français de New York, Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Opera Memphis and Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) with Nevada Opera.
Other roles to her credit include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Kathy (Student Prince), and musical theater favorites Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Maria (West Side Story), Carrie (Carousel), Fiona (Brigadoon) and Laurey (Oklahoma!).
On the concert stage, Kristen Plumley has performed a broad spectrum of works, including Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, she has sung Elgar’s For the Fallen, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and Faure’s Requiem.
A lover of symphonic pops programs, Kristen enjoys singing under the baton of Jack Everly in concerts such as Sci-Fi Spectacular (music from science fiction movies and television shows) with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Seattle, Edmonton and Toronto Symphonies, among others. She has also sung classic Broadway favorites with Maestro Everly in Broadway Divas, and has appeared in An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Richmond, Memphis and Minnesota.
Enthusiastic about contemporary works, Kristen has been active in many new operas at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada). In 2015 she created the role of Ruth Draper in Icarus Rising, a new dance opera about the life of Lauro DeBosis, a real-life Italian freedom fighter during World War II, with Verlezza Dance.