Born in Fort Kent, Maine, Kirsten Ann Hutchinson has lived in Alaska since the year 2000 and recently made her international debut as Frasquita in the Lowveld Chamber Music Association's production of Carmen. She has been engaged in several lead roles for Opera Fairbanks, first as Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone and as Carmen Ghia in P.D.Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest. This spring, she was chosen as a featured soloist for Peterhouse School's Music Inspire Africa in Zimbabwe and performed as UAF Opera Workshop's Betsy in their production of Sweet Betsy from Pike by Mark Bucci. She has also had the honor of being selected by Metropolitan Opera Conductor, Gregory Buchalter as Opera Fairbanks' Young Artist Apprentice for the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 seasons. She is an annual participant in several competitions, including the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Voice Competitions, Alaska Regional and State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, the Gloria Dean Allen Voice Competition and the Alaska Concert Chorus Vocal Scholarship Competition. Kirsten recently sang the Soprano role in the UAF University Chorus' performance of Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, in Prague with World Voices 2011, at the UAF New Music Festival in 2012 and sits currently as the Soprano Section Leader for the Fairbanks Symphony Chorus. She has also given numerous full-length concert recitals in Alaska, internationally in White River, SA and recently made her concert debut in her home state. Kirsten is currently teaching a private voice studio, as well as pursuing a Teaching Assistantship/Master of Music degree in vocal performance under the tutelage of Dr. Jaunelle Celaire.