Kristin Finnigan graduated with honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, going on to complete the advanced postgraduate course at Trinity College of Music, supported by the Henry Rennoldson-Crawford Scholarship, where she won the Elizabeth Schumann lieder prize and Paul Simm Opera Prize. She is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
Performances in the current season include Paola in Offenbach’s rarely performed The Princess of Trébizonde for New Sussex Opera and Handel’s Messiah in Monte-Carlo.
Operatic engagements include Kate Cassidy in Richard Wargo’s Losers, Tisbe La Cenerentola and Mrs Kneebone A Dinner Engagement (Wexford Festival Opera); Mistress Quickly Falstaff and Amastre in Xerxes (Iford Arts); Widow Browe in Peter the Great (Opera South); Third Lady The Magic Flute, Flora/Annina La traviata, Jacqueline Sherwood Kiss Me, Figaro!, and Bacchis Troy Boy (Merry Opera); Duchess of Plaza Toro The Gondoliers (Opera della Luna); Fairy Queen Iolanthe and Ruth Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera); Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro and Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (Musique Cordiale Opera); and Second Witch and Spirit Dido and Aeneas (Armonico Consort). Other roles include Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Symbolic Mother in the world première of Tunde Jegede’s A Cry of Innocence, Mrs Peacham The Beggar’s Opera, Cornelia Giulio Cesare and Madame de Croissy Dialogues des Carmélites. For Opera North she understudied Flosshilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Concert performances include Handel Messiah in Monte-Carlo, Tippett A Child of our Time (at Trinity) and performances with various choral societies including Elgar Sea Pictures (Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society) and Rossini Petite messe solennelle (Northampton Philharmonic Choir and Harpenden Choral Society). Whilst at the RSAMD she performed as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bartók’s Three Village Scenes. As a Britten-Pears Artists she worked with German baritone Christian Gerhaher and accompanist Gerold Huber and subsequently performed a concert series in Germany.
Jacqueline Sherwood / Kiss me, Figaro! / Merry Opera / 2014
“Kristin Finnegan (sic), who has a deliciously old fashioned claret-rich contralto voice of which it would have been good to hear more, is strong as the divorced wife of Marcus Sherwood”
Kate Cassidy / Losers / Wexford Festival Opera / 2013
“Kristin Finnigan as neighbour Kate Cassidy, embodies this character fully with a truly powerful Mezzo”
(Online Musik Magazin)
Mistress Quickly / Falstaff / Iford Arts / 2012
“Kirsten Finnigan’s Mistress Quickly had a sumptuous low register as dark and comforting as a pint of Guinness”
Amastre / Xerxes / Iford Arts / 2010
“Finnigan boasts a proper contralto of warm, ample sound yet it is flexible too; she promises much in the longer term and, already here, made her mark”