Soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk was featured in the title role of Dido & Aeneas with Bourbon Baroque, Louisville’s period instrument ensemble. She recently appeared in Cavalli’s Erismena with the Amherst Early Music Festival. Other engagements include the Boulder Bach Festival, the Alabama Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and three appearances for a reading of a new opera by Jody Landers with Opera Birmingham in 2017. She performed for composer Bill Mayer’s 70th birthday celebration concert in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in the role of Madeline in the composer’s The Eve of St. Agnes.
An active recitalist dedicated to performing works by living composers, celebrated composer Lori Laitman composed The Secret Exit for her and clarinetist Denise Gainey, which will receive its world premiere and recording in 2018. The soprano also appeared with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) in a premiere of songs by Craig Biondi. Additional American premieres include theatre songs by composer Zeke Hecker, songs by Steven Mercurio, and performances and recordings of music by David Hogg. Recitals have taken her throughout the United States and Italy. Upcoming engagements include recitals throughout the southeastern United States and Belgium.
A specialist in the lute songs of John Dowland, her solo CD of Dowland lute songs was released in 2008 by Centaur. She has performed and lectured throughout North America on the socio-political intrigue surrounding the songs. An avid student of several languages, she has won several grants to study at the Middlebury College German for Singers program and for private study in Vienna, Austria. In 2010, she was a fellow at the Early Music Vancouver “Compleat Singer Programme.” In 2013-14, she was a Fulbright finalist, and was invited to teach at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (the Vienna Conservatory, now known as Musik und Kunst, Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien).
Her research interest in managing performance anxiety has expanded to wellness for students of all majors. Her courses in Wellbeing for Musicians and The Mindful Student in the Honors College at UAB have met with resounding success, and she is in demand for university workshops and national and international conferences. She is currently completing certification as a Koru teacher, a type of mindfulness meditation developed by Duke University for emerging adults.
Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and serves as the NATS Vice President for Workshops. For more information, please visit www.kristinehurst.com.