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BA Music and Communications - Winthrop University
Post graduate study at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and San Francisco Opera Center with San Francisco Opera
A Grammy Nominated artist who has performed in all 50 states and throughout Canada, Bass-Baritone Kristopher Irmiter is one of the most sought after low voices in the U.S. He has appeared with San Francisco Opera, Opera de Montreal, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Arizona Opera, and Florida Grand Opera among many others.
With more than 100 performed roles in his repertoire, Mr. Irmiter has exhibited a vast range both vocally and dramatically, earning broad critical acclaim; Opera News - "a large and personable presence, his bass-baritone alternately stentorian and tender", New York Times - "Irmiter was excellent, richly expressive.", Opera Now - "The anchor of the performance was the Don Giovanni of Kristopher Irmiter - dashing stage presence, acting ability and solid vocal technique. This is a Don to be watched." San Francisco Sentinel - "Following his Toreador Song, had this audience been seated at La Scala, the applause meter was high enough to opt for an encore.", Salt Lake Tribune - "a masterful portrayal - Irmiter's charismatic stage presence and potent bass-baritone only help him make bad look good.", Charlotte Observer - "enough comic talent to succeed on his acting ability alone", Baltimore Sun - "his vocalism as notable for it's security and tonal weight as for an abundant variety of phrasing."", SanDiego.com - "a warm, well-projected vocalism whose clarity of understanding needed no assistance from the supertitles".
Recent successful portrayals include Scarpia in Tosca with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Escamillo in Carmen with San Francisco Opera, Mephistopheles in Faust with Utah Festival Opera, and Baltimore Opera, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera and Opera Carolina, the title role in Der Fliegende Hollander with Arizona Opera and Alaska Opera, the Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Kurwenal in Tirstan Und Isolde with Florentine Opera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Austin Lyric Opera, and appearances with Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the lead role of Rucker Lattimore in Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree. Upcoming for Mr. Irmiter are two return engagements with San Diego Opera, first Assassinio nella Cattedrale, this season and Masetto in Don Giovanni in 2015. Additionaly he will appear as Scapria in Tosca with Syracuse Opera, perform title role in Der Fliegende Hollander with Utah Festival Opera, and Dalland, oposite Greer Grimsley, in Der Fliegende Hollander with Opera Carolina.
Having particular success as Olin Blitch in Susannah, Mr. Irmiter made his Canadian Opera debut with Opera Ontario in this role. Susannah was also the vehicle of his debut with Houston Grand Opera. Under the baton of Richard Bonynge he made his Opera Pacific debut as Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment. A frequent guest artist with Florentine Opera, his debut there as Schaunard in La Boheme was quickly followed with returns as Matheiu in Andrea Chenier, James Vain in the American Premier of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. Additionally, he has appeared as Oscar Hubbard - Regina with Florida Grand Opera, as Papageno - Die Zauberflote with Baltimore Opera, with Portland Opera as the Secret Police Agent - The Consul, Lodovico in Otello with Atlanta Opera and Escamillo in Carmen with The New Jersey Opera Festival. Early in his career Mr. Irmiter app;eared several times with Opera Memphis performing the title role in Gianni Schicchi and the same character in the world premier of Michael Ching's sequel, Buoso's Ghost. He also performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni with this company. Leporello was the role of his Hawaii Opera debut, his debut at Baltimore Opera was as Zuniga in Carmen and his Atlanta debut was in Madama Butterfly.
Mr. Irmiter's orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony and the Asheville Symphony, performing Messiah, Verdi's Requiem, The Creation, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the Rossini Stabat Mater, and the Mozart Requiem. He was a two time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and winner of the Leonardo da Vince award in San Francisco.
In addition to his accomplished performing credits Mr. Irmiter has a strong and growing reputation as a teacher and mentor to young singers. He developed the pilot young artist program for The Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont and served as the director of that program in it's inaugural year. He has conducted master classes for the Utah Opera Young Artist Program, the University of Texas, the University of Memphis, Queens University, Portland State University and the University of South Carolina. In his years on faculty with Winthrop University Mr. Irmiter taught voice and opera workshop, and has maintained a private studio for more than 20 years. In 2010 he volunteered to design and led the establishment of the Opera Carolina Academy and subsequently served as Academy Director for three years. Mr. Irmiter is a member of the music faculty of Catawba College and recently rejoined the Winthrop University faculty. He resides in the Charlotte area with his wife and two sons.
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