From left to right: Marc Antoine D'Aragon (baritone), Mary Jane Reynolds (pianist), Allison Leaheey (soprano), Phyllis Curtin (master), Kristopher Irmiter (Director - YAP), Krista Kiefski (soprano), Rachel Helgeson (mezzo-soprano), Taras Kulish (Artistic Director)
...Kristopher Irmiter - Director of the Young Artist Program
The Director of our Young Artists Program Bass-Baritone Kristopher Irmiter, has performed in all 50 states and throughout Canada - a favourite with more than 45 opera companies and numerous orchestras.He
has garnered praise from the San Francisco Chronicle
to the New York Times
voice as notable for it's security and tonal weight as for an abundant variety of phrasing - excellent, richly expressive - alternately stentorian and tender" with equal praise of his
dramatic skills; "commanding charismatic stage presence - enough talent to succeed on his
acting ability alone - powerful performance".With 85 roles in his
performed repertoire, Mr. Irmiter
has exhibited a vast range both vocally and dramatically in performances with San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, L'Opéra de Montreal, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Atlanta Opera, Hawaii Opera, Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Arizona Opera among others.We are pleased that in addition to his
administrative responsibilities, Mr Irmiter
will sing the role of the Bonze in our production of Madama Butterfly.
will also debut with San Diego Opera in Peter Grimes.