Kirsten Grønfeldt is a full-lyric soprano from opposite ends of the world. Born in Vancouver to a Canadian mother and a Danish father, she moved to Copenhagen in 2011 to pursue her career in Denmark and to learn Danish. Currently living in Aarhus, Denmark, Kirsten is still channeling her inner-viking where she works as an active recitalist and oratorio and opera soloist.
Kirsten will make her soloist debut with Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera) as Iras in the 2019 touring production of August Enna's Cleopatra.
Kirsten has appeared across Denmark as a soloist in a wide variety of venues and events. Some memorable highlights include Den Fynske Opera, Copenhagen Opera Festival, HOME Opera, The Danish Song Society, Sangselskabet Aarhus, Aarhus Festuge and The Late Summer Festival.
Past opera credits include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte (COSI), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (ViVAce), Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata (RAMA Festival), Nachbarin in the world premiere of Bent Lorentzen's opera Der Steppenwolf, Laetitia in RDAM’s newly created opera Cut Away, L'Écureuil in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges (RDAM), Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (UBC).
In 2013, Kirsten was the winner of the Bel Canto Institute Performance Award in Florence, Italy which took her on a concert tour to New York and to work on the bel canto repertoire with Metropolitan Opera prompter and assistant conductor, Jane Klaviter.
As an oratorio soloist, Kirsten performs regularly with choirs and orchestras in Aarhus and its surrounding areas. She was the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Herning Kirkes Drengekor and Danmarks ungdoms ensemble (DUEN) conducted by Morten Ryelund in 2014. More recent soloist concert credits include Bach's Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Mozart's Missa Brevis in F Major, Dvorak's D-Major Mass, Mendelssohn's Lauda Sion, Fauré's Requiem, and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. In 2018, Kirsten looks forward to being the soprano soloist in Bach's B-minor Mass with Randers Kammerorkester under the direction of David Riddell.
In September 2016, Kirsten toured her Debut concert programme in Copenhagen, Aalborg and Aarhus. The final performance was recorded live in Aarhus Musikhuset's Symphonic Hall. The recording of this performance was later transmitted several times on DR P2, Danish National Radio. Kirsten was praised her for having a “beautiful, lyric voice with a warm timbre” in reviews of her final debut concert, which also described her as “a singer who is well on her way. She has great vocal and artistic potential, which she can apply in many musical and theatrical contexts. Her natural stage presence and her dedication bodes well for a future career.” – Evaluation, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Aarhus.
Kirsten sings 2nd soprano with DR Koncertkoret (Danish Radio Choir) and has worked with Den Jyske Operas Kor (Danish National Opera).
Kirsten is a founding member of the following small ensembles:
Kirsten has a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where she worked with tenor, Roelof Oostwoud and a Masters degree in Voice with Pedagogy from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with soprano, Eva Hess Thaysen. She currently studies with baritone Lars Thodberg Bertelsen and holds an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Vocal Studies (Soloist Class) from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Aarhus.
“Kirsten has a very beautiful soprano voice, which she manages with great technical skill. Her voice has a fine carrying capacity and flexibility, with equality in all registers. She exhibits great tonal imagination in relation to the linguistic and harmonic possibilities of the music, especially in the songs of Copland. The composition of the programme very convincingly reflected Kirsten’s strong sense of artistic identity, and with her interpretations and confident sense of style, she managed to communicate the works to the concert audience at a very high standard.”
- The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Evaluation of Master’s Exam.