2018 saw Ms. Krupp's performance as a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In her 2019-2020 season, Ms. Krupp looks forward to her return to the role of Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles at the Château de Versailles Spectacles, following her debut of the role at The Glimmerglass Festival.
Named a Grand Finalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, American mezzo-soprano Gretchen Krupp is gaining recognition in major competitions and festivals on the operatic scene. She most recently returned to the Glimmerglass Festival where she made role debuts as Samira in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Mrs. Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. She was awarded the prestigious Georgina Joshi International Fellowship and will spend the fall in Berlin. This winter, she will reprise the role of Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles in her European debut at the Château de Versailles Spectacles.
The 2018-2019 season included Gretchen’s mainstage debut with Greensboro Opera as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, role debuts
as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow and Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites under the direction of Francesca Zambello, both at Indiana University. During summer of 2018, Gretchen debuted with the Glimmerglass Festival performing the roles of Chocholka, Woodpecker, and Innkeeper’s Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen. In 2017, she was a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera in Vienna, VA. She was a finalist in the 29th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, culminating in the 2017 Concert of Arias at Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Krupp was awarded her second-consecutive Regional
Encouragement Award in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after previously winning the Indiana and North Carolina districts.
During the summer of 2016, Gretchen was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in Indianola, IA. While at DMMO,
Gretchen performed Host at the Garter Inn and covered Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. She also sang in numerous scene programs,
including excerpts from Don Carlo, Un ballo in Maschera, Hänsel und Gretel, Albert Herring, and Sir John in Love. She then returned to Reno, NV to participate in Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices for a second summer.
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In 2015, she was awarded 2nd Place at the Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists. She is an alumna of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy and the Voice Institute at the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Ms. Krupp recently completed both her Masters of Music and Performer’s Diploma at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Since beginning at Indiana University, she has sung numerous roles including: Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Auntie in Peter Grimes, Marquise of Birkenfeld in La fille du régiment, and Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking. She was the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Hoosier Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gretchen is originally from Northern Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.