Mezzo-soprano, Kristen Choi, has been hailed by Opera News as a “powerhouse in the making” for her portrayal of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. Singing Murasaki marks not only a role debut but also her debut with On Site Opera. In the upcoming 2019 season she will be performing her famed role followed immediately by a debut role as Hiroko Kobayashi in Jack Perla’s An American Dream at Virginia Opera. In the 2017-2018 season she made a role debut as Hermia in Virginia Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and also went on her first national Broadway tour with the Lincoln Center Production of The King and I understudying the role of Lady Thiang. Following the tour, she made her house debut singing Suzuki in Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Madame Butterfly. She had another house debut and role debut with Ruth Sherwood in Bernstein’sWonderful Town with the Seattle Symphony. During the 2016-2017 season she made her European debut at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Opéra National de Bordeaux reprising her role as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide. Making her Kennedy Center debut, Miss Choi sang the role of Suzuki in Jun Kaneko’s production of Madame Butterfly at Washington National Opera. She also returned as a Santa Fe Opera apprentice to perform in the ensemble of the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.