Award-winning coloratura soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest is firmly committed to the continuous evolution of classical vocal music. Her “bright, dazzling vocal technique” (San Diego Story) has captured the attention of many composers, resulting in numerous world premiere performances and close collaborations, including work with composers Ben Johnston, Rand Steiger, Jeffrey Holmes, Veronika Krausas, James Erber, and Annie Hsieh, and conductors Steven Schick, Olivier Kaspar, Branden Muresan, Yuga Cohler, and Christopher Rountree, among many others.
Kirsten has sung as a soloist with the Grammy-winning Partch ensemble, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, YMF Debut Orchestra, MiraCosta Symphony, the Industry, kallisti chamber opera, Musica Vitale, wild Up new music collective, UCLA John Cage Symposium, UCSD’s Palimpsest, CalArts New Century Players Ensemble, and Chapman University’s New Music Ensemble. She was a featured soloist in the LA Philharmonic’s installation, Nimbus, and has recorded for several interactive operatic experiences and film scores. Kirsten has also performed with Bang on a Can All-Stars, red fish blue fish, San Diego Pro Arte Voices, the Metroplex Opera Company in Dallas, and the Texas ‘Lone Star’ Ambassadors of Music. Operatic roles include La Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges (Perigueux, France), Polly Peachum in Weill’s Threepenny Opera (San Diego CA), and Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (Fort Worth, TX).
Currently a DMA candidate at UCSD under the guidance of Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki, Kirsten holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BM cum laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music