Kristine Nowlain has studied voice in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Stockholm and now Malmö. She is currently in her first year as a young artist at the Malmö Opera Academy in Malmö, Sweden. In the fall of 2018 she was the understudy for Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, which had almost 40 sold-out performances. In the fall of 2019 she will be the understudy for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, with 61 scheduled performances. Soon she will be able to release her participation in Malmö Operas 2019-2020 season! She currently studies voice with Kirsten Buhl Møller in Copenhagen.

Kristine was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a Swedish-American family. In 2012 she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, with a B.A. in Music with minors in Sociology and Latin American Studies. In 2012-13 she studied at Ingesunds Musikhögskola followed by Birkagårdens Folkhögskola in Stockholm 2013-14. In June 2018 she completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Her graduating recital included a Scandinavian premier of excerpts from woman.life.song by Judith Weir, with texts by Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The piece is written for a chamber orchestra of 19 instrumentalists and follows the life cycle of a woman in relation to her first love, her changing body, accepting her mother’s death and her own aging. Click here to read her thesis about the importance of choosing repertoire with an intersectional perspective and an analysis of parts of woman.life.song.

Kristine has received scholarships from Anders Sandrews Stiftelse, Stiftelsen Petersenska Hemmet, Torsten Tegstams Scholarship for Studies in Music and Musicology, Royal College of Music Scholarship, Royal Swedish Academy of Music Scholarship, Anna Whitlocks Minnesfond, and more.

Along with classical voice studies, she freelances as a soloist and a member of various vocal ensembles. She has lead a choir and has given lectures on equity and norms through Make Equal and Popkollo and organized music camps for girls and trans youth in Botkyrka, just south of Stockholm. She has also been known to dabble with writing her own music with a pop/soul influence and powerful vocals and texts.

Click here to read the Program Notes she prepared for her Undergraduate Senior Recital at Occidental College in April 2012, in which most of the songs she performed were by female composers from the Western classical musical tradition.

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Download her CV as a PDF here or see it below:cv_kristine-nowlain-2019_english-1

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