Denver-based musician Cristin Colvin is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. In her many turns as a freelance musician in the Mile High City, Cristin has sung with her own jazz combos around Denver metro and the Front Range, produced contemporary classical chamber music with Redline Contemporary Art Center, worked as a soprano and alto section leader in local churches, and performed as vocalist and keyboardist with country-rock and goth bands.
Most recently her focus has been on new operatic works and stage direction. She performed in and directed the world premiere of Locust: The Opera in Jackson, Wyoming in September 2018; Wyoming PBS was in attendance and recorded opening night (available here). Next up for the swarm is Agadir, Morocco. Other performances are being scheduled for 2019 and 2020.
Ms. Colvin received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal and Piano Performance with minor in Creative Writing from Emory & Henry College in Virginia. At Emory she studied under Dr. Stephen Sieck and Dr. Lisa Withers, and at Illinois she studied under Jerold Siena and coached with Dr. Julie Gunn and Dennis Helmrich.
Cristin's opera credits include her insect debut as the Locust in Anne Guzzo’s Locust: The Opera, her pants role debut as Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea, the titular role of Florencia en el Amazonas, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Suor Genevieffa in Suor Angelica, and Euridice in Gluck's Orphée et Euridice as well as scene credits in Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna and Donna Elvira), Les contes d'Hoffman (Antonia), and Hansel ünd Gretel (Sandman). In the summer of 2015 she was hired by the Castleton Festival to both cover the role of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and perform as a living statue in the premiere of Derrick Wang's opera Scalia/Ginsburg, under the direction of Maria Tucci.
She has taught privately as well as held a voice studio of non-majors through the University of Illinois' Living Learning Communities. While pursuing graduate coursework in Women's and Gender Studies at DePaul University Chicago focusing on the intersections of masculinity and jazz, she performed with the Wicker Park Choral Singers and the Chicago Chamber Choir at various Chicago locations such as Millennium Park, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Garfield Conservatory, and St. Vincent de Paul parish.
Cristin actively seeks new opportunities to bring classical music to a new audience in novel ways.