Dr. Kristina Driskill
- Office Location:
- Oliphant Hall B02
- William Marsh Rice University, Master of Music in Performance
West Virginia University, Doctor of Musical Arts
The Los Angeles Times calls Mezzo-soprano Kristina Driskill “resplendent” and recently featured a review of her performance of Hanns Eisler’s Hollywooder Liederbuch, describing her as capturing the music’s essence “with wonderfully angry, challenging, pouty, seductive, decadently dreamy expressivity.” She has been praised for her agile coloratura as well as for her unique vocal color, and of her performance as Siebel in Faust, the Houston Press claimed, "With her utter professionalism, plummy dark voice, and easy stage presence, Driskill outshines everyone else."
Ms. Driskill has enjoyed an international stage career, performing roles including the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Beppe (L'amico Fritz), Mercedes (Carmen), Flora (La Traviata), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Meg (Falstaff and Merry Wives of Windsor), The Witch (Into the Woods), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Mère Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites), as well as Carmela in Dallas Opera's production of La vida breve with Denyce Graves. She has sung with companies including Utah Festival Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), Opera East Texas, Opera in the Heights (Houston), OperaWorks (Los Angeles), Amarillo Opera, Long Beach Opera, and Orchestra X (Houston). For the National Opera Association’s 2008 national convention, she performed the leading role of the Dark Woman in the world staged premiere of Paul Salerni’s Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast.
Ms. Driskill has performed as a guest soloist for Bethany College, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Frostburg State University, Lehigh University, Brazosport Symphony, and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as an improvisational recitalist with OperaWorks at both the Classical Singer National Convention and the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena, as well as in OperaWorks’ comic send-up series FlipSide.
While still giving occasional performances, she finds her true joy in teaching. Ms. Driskill recently completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Swiger Fellowship. She began teaching voice and diction for Chapman University in 2007 and serves on the faculty for OperaWorks’ Summer Intensive programs. Ms. Driskill is also an accomplished abstract painter, with works featured in LightSong Films’ production The Watermelon, released in 2008.