KrisAnne Weiss, mezzo-soprano, has performed leading roles in many operas, including L’Italiana in Algeri, The Dangerous Liaisons, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, and The Consul. She has appeared with Skylark Opera, Arbeit Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera of the North, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Opera on the Lake. Her concert appearances include solos in Bach’s B minor Mass, St John Passion, and St Matthew Passion; Mozart’s C minor Mass, Coronation Mass, and Requiem; and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat. She has performed with Zeitgeist, Valley Chamber Chorale, St. Catherine Choral Society, the Bakken Trio, Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Plymouth Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Exultate, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Nautilus Music-Theater, among others.
An advocate of contemporary music and art song, Dr. Weiss has premiered and workshopped countless new compositions, among them John Tartaglia’s orchestral work Dark Night, Glad Day, Edie Hill’s dramatic concert work Amy Lowell: A Rare Pattern, and the lead role in Chris Gable’s opera The Ladysmith Story. She has been a performer in Nautilus Music-Theater’s Composer-Librettist studio, a two-week workshop that yielded 25 new music-theater works and culminated in two Rough Cuts performances. Also an accomplished recitalist, chamber musician, and narrator, Dr. Weiss has given many solo recitals in the Twin Cities and can be heard in frequent collaborations with other local musicians. She is also the host of Arbeit Opera Theatre’s Voice Labs, a free artistic development resource for local singers at any point in their careers.
Dr. Weiss completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Minnesota, where she received the University Fellowship, the Graduate Research Partnership Program Grant, and the Schuessler Graduate Prize in Voice. She has taught on the voice faculties of the University of Minnesota, Lawrence University, Luther College, Mount Olivet School of Music, and Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at St. Olaf College during 2018-2019, and currently teaches privately in Minneapolis.