Hailed in the press as an extremely promising talent, the young soprano Kirsten MacKinnon made her debut in Germany singing Ines in a new production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine at Oper Frankfurt last season. This Canadian artist can be heard in Frankfurt this season, her first as a member of the ensemble, singing Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow, Micaëla in Carmen and Gräfin Madeleine in the first revival of last season's wonderful new Capriccio. She sang the last two aforementioned roles at Philadelphia Opera. This winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions has sung Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) at the Glyndebourne Festival, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in a d’Aix-en-Provence Festival production in Peking and Countess Almaviva at Garsington Opera. She returns to the Canadian Opera Company in 2019 for Fiorgiligi, where she made her debut singing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Kirsten MacKinnon studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where roles included Mimì (La Bohème), Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Elettra (Idomeneo), the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen and Lisa (La sonnambula). Concert work has included appearances with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.