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Almira – operamission (New York City)

Also impressive [was] the shimmering soprano Kristen Plumley as Bellante, princess of Aranda…”


L’Elisir d’Amore
 – Greensboro Opera Company

adina-goc-02“Kristen Plumley as Adina was wonderful.  Her spectacular coloratura singing negotiated the frequent vocal fireworks and stratospheric high notes with ease and poise.  The portrayal of her initial annoyance of Nemorino’s bumbling lovemaking, her flirtatious affair with Belcore, and her final admission of her love for Nemorino was first-rate.”

“Soprano Kristen Plumley was outstanding in the role of Adina, tossing off her florid lines, such as ‘Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera’, with aplomb.  She had plenty of power when needed, clear articulation in fast passages, and superbly focused intonation.

Rigoletto – Greensboro Opera Company

Rigoletto-Greensboro“[Plumley’s] coloratura instrument was meticulous and delightfully agile…When father and daughter sang together, it was magic and contained some of the best singing of the evening.”

“[Plumley] brought a rich variety of colors and dynamics to Gilda’s…’Caro nome’. …In ‘Tutte le feste al tempio’ Plumley painted a complex image of Gilda, torn between her infatuation with the ‘poor student’ and her ravishment by the Duke. Her final act of idiotic self-sacrifice was almost believable – no mean feat!”

Così fan Tutte – Lyric Opera of Cleveland

“Despina…as brought to vivid life by Kristen Plumley…by turns comic, feisty and inventive.”

Bernstein Festival – Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

“Soprano Plumley was sensationally note-perfect in the stratospheric showstopper ‘Glitter and Be Gay.’”

Don Giovanni – Virginia Opera

“Kristen Plumley’s sweet timbre and sensitive way with a phrase served Zerlina’s music nicely.”

“Zerlina is essentially a comic character, with a special warmth added to her robust straight forward peasant mannerisms; Kristen Plumley conveyed these qualities with sparkle and precision.”

“Wonderfully coquettish, Kristen Plumley sang Zerlina with a great deal of grace and charm.”

“…Kristen Plumley shine(s) as…the flirtatious Zerlina. Plumley…has a bright soprano voice that is equal to anything Mozart throws at her, and she endows her pert peasant character with verve and sparkle.”

The Student Prince – Treasure Coast Opera

“Soprano Kristen Plumley presented a believable, charming Kathie…she had some lovely musical moments.”

Falstaff – Opera Festival of New Jersey

“As the young lovers, Nannetta and Fenton, soprano Kristen Plumley and tenor Jonathan Boyd were most appealing. Each had a lovely aria in the final act…Plumley’s ethereal ‘Sul fil d’un soffio etesio.’”

“All these women, also including Kristen Plumley as Alice Ford’s daughter Nannetta, were continuously animated and clean in their ensemble work, which, like that of the men, was often tricky…These singers had young and sparkling voices.”

Le Nozze di Figaro – New York City Opera

“Kristen Plumley as Barbarina [gave] a telling performance in a subsidiary role.”

Les Pèlerins de la Mecque – L’Opéra Français de New York

“Gluck gave the singers with smaller roles plenty to do as well…and Kristen Plumley made the most of the shapely music Gluck provided.”

H.M.S. Pinafore – Nevada Opera

“…as dashing as Plumley’s Josephine is fair, making the love interest in “Pinafore” a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.”

“All the leads were also first rate.   In addition to being fine singers – solos, duets and trios were performed with polish – all were excellent actors with the clear diction needed for the intricate lyrics….Soprano Kristen Plumley was an enchantingly lustrous Josephine, Ralph’s love and the captain’s daughter.”

Die Fledermaus – Boheme Opera (N.J.)

“The maid Adele was sung by coloratura Kristen Plumley.   Not only did her voice whip around the virtuosic upper register fioratura with verve, but she had all the requisite perkiness and comic timing.”

Die Fledermaus – The Opera Theater of Connecticut

“Kristen Plumley, in her role of Adele, was clever and petite throughout.   A roguish comedienne, she also possesses a superior singing voice that soars with ease into the stratosphere, that earned her a prolonged ovation for her second act aria, the “Audition Song.”

“Adele, the maid, was delightfully sung and pertly acted by Kristen Plumley, who described with verve and vivacious singing a life upon the stage.”

Carousel – Virginia Opera Company

“The spell is quickly enhanced when we meet Carrie Pipperidge and Julie Jordan, perfectly performed by Kristen Plumley and Laura Knoop.   Each is a vocal joy and each one presents a carefully delineated, multi-dimensional, but completely lovable young girl.”

“Eric Dillner and Kristen Plumley were hilarious as Enoch Snow and Carrie Pipperidge, the secondary couple.   Both singers used their bright voices to good effect.”

An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan – Richmond Symphony Orchestra

“The guest stars – baritone Fred Reeder, soprano Kristen Plumley and tenor Brad Diamond – had the voices…the right moves (silly but not quite mincing) and the crisp diction to survive even the most breakneck patter songs.   Plumley has sung Yum-Yum in several “Mikado” productions, and made “The Moon and I” one of Saturday’s high spots.   Her duet with Reeder in “I Once Was a Very Abandoned Person” from ‘Ruddigore’ was a comic gem.”

Werther – Chautauqua Opera Company

“… soprano Kristen Plumley gave voice to the irrepressibly happy Sophie with dark, well-focused sheen.”