Winner of the 8th International Competition for Wagner Voices, Kirstin Sharpin is a dual national of New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She read English Literature and Italian at the University of Auckland, before joining the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, graduating Master of Opera with Distinction. Further study took her to Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice.
Kirstin’s operatic engagements have included Elettra Idomeneo (Blackheath Halls Opera), Mother Hänsel und Gretel (Garsington Opera at West Green House), Ada Die Feen, Mariana Das Liebesverbot and the title role in Euryanthe (Chelsea Opera Group), Donna Anna Don Giovanni (Regents Opera), Helmwige Die Walküre (St Endellion Festival), High Priestess Aïda (Raymond Gubbay Ltd), Samaritana Francesca da Rimini (Opera Holland Park). Roles whilst at the RSAMD included Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Fiordiligi Cosí fan tutte, Nella Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Suor Angelica for the Beethoven Ensemble.
Recipient of a 2016 Bursary from the International Opera Awards Foundation, and a Goodall Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Great Britain, Kirstin is a Samling Artist and an Independent Opera Post-Graduate Fellow, and is a past recipient of Countess of Munster Trust, Miriam Licette and Sybil Tutton Scholarships.
Other confirmed engagements during 2016 include Mahler Symphony No 8 with the Norwich Philharmonic.