Kristine Nowlain has just completed her first year as a Young Artist at the Malmö Opera Academy in Malmö, Sweden. She will premier as Cupido in Malmö Operas production of Offenbach’s Orfeus i Underjorden in the spring of 2020. During the fall of 2019 she will sing in Malmö Opera’s Jubileumsturné with Rickard Söderberg, with 36 performances throughout southern Sweden. She will perform in the 2020-2021 season as well. In the fall of 2018 she was the understudy for Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story and the fall of 2019 she will be the understudy for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, both at Malmö Opera. This spring she has sung Despina in a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte through her studies. She currently studies voice with Kirsten Buhl Møller in Copenhagen and has regular coaching with Conny Antonov and Ulrich Staerk.

Kristine was born and raised in San Francisco, California in a Swedish-American family. She has studied voice in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Malmö and Copenhagen. 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 June 2018 she completed her bachelors 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, conducted by Sofia Winiarski. 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 woman.life.song.

Some of her favorite roles throughout her education have been Calisto (La Calisto, Cavalli), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge, Barber) and parts of Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Despina (Così fan tutte, Mozart) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti). Along with her opera studies, Kristine has found her artistic voice in lieder, chamber music, music composed by women and through a wide variety of musical projects. In 2017 she was part of the “core-team” of 12 singers in performance artist Marina Abramovic’s week-long performance piece The Cleaner at The Modern Art Museum, Stockholm. Other singers included current and previous members of i.e. The Real Group and Rajaton.

Kristine has received scholarships from Familjen John Anderssons i Anderslöv Stiftelse, 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, including Palaestra Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Cecilia Martin-Löf. 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 been deeply involved in Popkollo in Sweden and Girls Rock Camp Alliance (internationally). She has also been known to dabble with writing her own music with a pop/soul influence and powerful vocals and texts.

Follow her on Instagram: @kristinenowlain

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