Australian born soprano Kristy Swift has performed extensively throughout her native country, and Europe. After graduating as valedictorian of her year with an Honours degree in Voice from Queensland University, she continued her education at the Victorian College of the Arts. She was engaged as a soloist in the 2004 Melbourne International Arts Festival, singing the First Soprano part in Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres. This performance and subsequent recitals were broadcast nationally on Australia’s ABC Classic FM. A baroque enthusiast, Kristy co-starred in two sell-out seasons of Finding Farinelli for numerous Australian Arts Festivals, bringing the dazzling repertoire of the castrati to life.
She also sang Angelica Orlando for ‘Independent Classics’ in Melbourne, to critical acclaim. Other performances in Australia include two seasons as Norina Don Pasquale (Lyric Opera of Melbourne), Guenevere Camelot (National Theatre, Australia) and a national tour of Hansel and Gretel (Opera Australia). In the 2007–08 season, Kristy performed the role of Olympia Les Contes d`Hoffman (Netherlands’ Nationale Reisopera).
Her roles in the UK include Atalanta Xerxes (Iford Opera), Oscar Un ballo in maschera and Micaela Carmen. Concert performances include the Soprano Solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass (K 317) and Exsultate, Jubilate (K 165), Haydn’s Creation and Kleine Orgelmesse and both Gounod’s and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle. Kristy has also performed solo Handel cantatas in Mainz and Engers with selected musicians from Musica Antiqua, Köln.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including Australia’s largest and most prestigious award for opera singers, the Herald Sun Aria (2006). She also won the National Oratorio Award in Canberra (2008) and the Robert Salzer scholarship at the Australian National Liederfest (2004).
She has appeared as a guest artist on morning television in Australia, and her voice is also heard in the British film, Over The Edge, starring Fenella Fielding, which was released in 2010. Swift received rave reviews for her portrayal of Mag in Richard Wargo’s Winners for the Wexford Festival.
Recent performances include Paquette Candide (London Symphony Orchestra and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra), the title role Theodora (Opera Bergen, Norway), First Spirit/cover Noemi Cendrillon (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Yum Yum The Mikado (Opera Queensland, Australia), Young Heidi in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (Opera de Toulon), Despina Così fan tutte (Opera Lyrica), Najade Ariadne auf Naxos ( Opera Project) and two seasons as soloist with the Raymond Gubbay Strauss Gala Tour in the UK and Ireland.