Kristina Bitenc

Soprano

Noticed for her “ warm and ethereal voice”  Kristina Bitenc is a rising soprano with wide repertoire as well in opera as in oratorio. In the 2018 she is touring with Opera Zuid, interpreting Oscar in Un ballo in Maschera. This season she is a soloist in Stabat Mater of Pergolesi (Philharmonie Zuidnederland, direction Jos van Veldhoven), The Messiah (Noord Nederlands Orkest, direction Pieter-Jelle de Boer) and in opera concerts in Antwerp and Ljubljana. In the season 2016/17 Kristin
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a toured in the Netherlands with Dr. Miracle’s last illusion created by the young uprising opera company Opera2Day. Kristina is performing among others arias from La Sonnambula ( Ah, non credea mirarti) and Menotti’s opera The Medium. In 2015 she received critical acclaim for her role debut as Eurydice in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Nederlandse Reisopera staged by Floris Visser. In the Netherlands the opera was chosen as the Opera of the year 2015. Ms. Bitenc is in great demand as a concert soloist as well as on the opera stage. She has distinguished herself in leading opera roles as Eurydice (Gluck), Sandrina (Mozart), Blanche and Elle ( Poulenc), Max ( Knussen), Mrs. Julian ( Britten), Gianetta ( Donizetti), Femme (Milhaud). She performed with opera companies such as Nederlandse Reisopera, Opera2day, Opéra National du Rhin. Throughout her career Kristina has collaborated with many conductors including Reinbert de Leeuw, David Syrus,  Antony Hermus, Marko Letonja, Bas Wiegers, Patrick Davin, Claude Schnitzler, Vincent Monteil, Gordan Nikolic, Friedemann Layer, Giancarlo Andretta, Pieter-Jelle de Boer, Leo Hussain and has performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, ASKO Schönberg ensemble, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg,  Noord Nederland Orkest, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. In the years 2012-14 Kristina was member of the Opera studio at the Opéra National du Rhin where she participated in productions such as Blanche neige  (La Souris, Le Nain Oups ) by Lange, La belle ou bois dormant (La fée bleue/ Princesse) by Respighi, Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse ( La Princesse Badr-al Budur) by Rota and Owen Wingrave ( Mrs. Julian) by Britten, Le Pauvre Matelot ( Femme) by Milhaud and Der ferne Klang (Mizi) by Schrecker. She also participated in the guest performances of the Strasbourg Opera studio at the Atelier-Théâtre Louis Jouvet (Paris). Ms. Bitenc studied violin at an early age but soon discovered her real passion, singing. Subsequently she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Barbara Pearson. She was then selected to join the Dutch National Opera Academy from 2010-2012, where she received her Master´s Degree in Opera with distinction. She is coached by Brian Masuda and Ira Siff.
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News/Quotes

Brabants Dagblad: „Onder leiding van de bedaarde dirigent Jos van Veldhoven passeerden twee componisten uit het Barokke tijdperk de revue: George Philipp Telemann vóór en Giov More...
De Volkskrant: \"Uitblinkers waren de vrouwen: waar de speelse Kristina Bitenc als hofnar Oscar en de gracieuze Melanie Forgeron als waarzegster Ulrica verschenen, hielden zij de t More...

Theaterkrant: “De Sloveense sopraan Kristina Bitenc zingt en speelt de rol van page Oscar innemend. Het is onmogelijk om niet een beetje verliefd te worden op haar heldere klank en het speelse charisma van haar podiumprésence.” (Laura Roling, 19-06-2018)

 Opera Magazine: “Kristina Bitenc moves with a warm and ethereal sounding “Ah! Non credea mirarti. “(February 2017)

“But most impressive is Kristina Bitenc as Eurydice with a huge range and a smooth voice.”

“Her acting is sophisticated and convincing and her voice is warm and crystal clear. “

“The Slovenian soprano Kristina Bitenc shines in her role as Eurydice. She moves with the grace of a goddess and sings with a powerful and warm voice.”