Stage Director, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci
- Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Philadelphia. We moved to San Diego when I was 8.
- If you weren’t a stage director, what profession would you be in?
Film director. Or a neurosurgeon (I was pre-med in college).
- The first opera I was ever directed was…
…a remount of The Barber of Seville. The first one of my own was Dialogues of the Carmelites.
- My favorite opera is…
I don’t kiss and tell.
- My favorite food to cook or eat is…
Well, I think chocolate is its own food group. And I’ve just discovered Kombucha; even though I live in Portland, I’m late to the party!
- People would be surprised to know…
I only listen to rock music outside of rehearsal. Lots of older stadium rock (Queen, The Who) and Northwest-style alt rock (Decembrists, Lumineers).
- If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…
The moon. Seriously, if I could afford the Space X journey, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
- I like to binge-watch…
MASH and The Great British Baking Show. And Star Trek (but only Next Generation, I’m a bit of a purist).
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Dorothea Lange, Ada Lovelace, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Margaret Atwood.
- Everyone should see Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci because….
Revenge makes for very good opera.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What do you like to read (outside of things for opera research)?
A: Sci -fi, and quite a lot of science-oriented non-fiction. Right now I’m reading The Glass Universe, which is about the women of the Harvard Observatory who charted the stars and advanced astronomy at the turn of the last century.
Find out more about Kristine and our other Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci artists, and don’t miss the chance to see her production of this fabulous double-bill. Performances are are November 2 and November 4 in Overture Hall. Tickets start at $18!