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 continues her vocal studies with Gavin Carr.
During her time at the RSAMD she performed as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bartók’s Three Village Scenes and sang Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While at Trinity she was lucky enough to take part in a mentoring scheme between Trinity and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and sing in a masterclass with Teresa Berganza. She was accepted onto the Britten-Pears Lieder Course at the Aldeburgh Festival with German baritone Christian Gerhaher and accompanist Gerold Huber and subsequently performed a concert series in Germany.
Highlights in recent seasons include Kate Cassidy in Richard Wargo’s Losers for Wexford Festival Opera; Jacqueline Sherwood in Kiss Me, Figaro!, a new commission for Merry Opera, written and directed by John Ramster; and her company debuts with Opera della Luna as the Duchess of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers and Opera North where she understudied Flosshilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Operatic engagements include Mrs Kneebone A Dinner Engagement for (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 and Bacchis Troy Boy (all for Merry Opera);Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro and Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (Musique Cordiale Opera); Second Witch and Spirit Dido and Aeneas (Armonico Consort); and Fairy Queen Iolanthe and Ruth Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera). 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.
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).
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”