In this series, Artist Profiles, we invite you to get to know our artists beyond their bios and headshots. You may be surprised at what you learn...
How did you become involved in music? In singing?
I became involved in music in elementary school. The school choir teacher had me audition for a private children’s chorus and got me hooked on classical vocal music. In college, I didn't intend to major in music. I actually started as in International Studies major. My first year, I auditioned for choir, and they told me to audition for the music program - a year later I was a performance major. I just couldn't seem to escape music and singing!
What to you do when you're not practicing and performing?
When I'm not practicing and performing, I spend a lot of time with my dog Finnigan. Also, I started CrossFit! I was really nervous at first, and now I love it. It’s a big community and the people are really supportive.
What's Finnigan's favorite hobby/activity?
Finnigan's favorite hobby is collecting treats, toys, sock, etc. and hoarding them in his bed, which is under our bed. We affectionately refer to it as his "nest."
What's on your playlist now?
Metallica. A lot of Handel, a lot of Mozart. And a girl, but I can’t remember her name…
Of the roles you've performed, which character is the most like you?
Cherubino – he’s so playful. I really connect with the playful energy he has, the sense of boundless joy. And the life and death moments he experiences – sometimes I have those too!
As a child, what did you want to be "when you grew up?"
Growing up, I wanted to be an obstetrician. I was obsessed with babies. I would put my baby dolls up my shirt, lay on the floor, and give birth. I would even have my doctor bag with my tools next to me! When my first sister was born, I got to go the hospital and saw all the babies there... And when my youngest sister was born, I was old enough to read the charts on the wall, and I took big sister classes.
Obstetrician isn't an everyday word for most children - how did you even know what an obstetrician was?
I researched on my own!
So you have two younger sisters - what's it like being the oldest?
As the oldest I feel very protective of my sisters. They are my best friends.
How did you end up on the East Coast and why did you decide to move out here?
I moved to the New York area after grad school to have the opportunity to audition as much as possible.
Favorite way to spend your free time?
My favorite way to spend free time is cooking and hanging out with Finnigan. I also like to try new restaurants and cocktail bars with my boyfriend, Christopher. And Netflix!
Which Netflix shows do you like to watch?
I love any type of British series, I just can’t get enough! North and South, Bletchley Circle, Call the Midwife – I love all those. Recently, I've been watching Metalocalypse, which is a show about a heavy metal band.
When people chew with their mouths open.
Any other tidbits you'd like to share?
I’m in process of getting a doula certification later this year and then will continue on to getting certifications for lactation consulting. I've always loved babies and children, and the move towards a holistic pregnancy experience is growing. I feel just as passionate about women’s health as I do about singing, and the pieces are coming together - it's really exciting to be able to incorporate both into my life.
Mezzo-soprano Kristin Roney sings Idamante in Project 2. Recent and upcoming highlights include Mrs. Segstrom (A Little Night of Music) with Light Opera of New Jersey, Zulma (L’italiana in Algeri) with Utopia Opera, Duruflé Requiem alto soloist with Immaculate Conception Concert Series, and guest recital artist for Immaculate Conception Winter Recital Series. Kristin also performed at Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Dream Weaver this past spring with Manhattan Chorale.
Additional roles include Florence in Albert Herring, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos. She recently moved to the New York area from Phoenix, AZ, after earning her M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Before leaving Arizona, she sang as a core chorister with Arizona Opera, covered the roles of Stephano, Suzuki, Kate Pinkerton, and Orfeo through the AZ Opera/ASU Study Cover program, and made her professional debut with the Phoenix Symphony. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Willamette University in Salem, OR. www.kristinroney.com