As Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo – Watch on YouTube
Kristine Jepson was a mezzo-soprano, covering the range between a soprano and contralto. As a mezzo, Jepson sometimes appeared in male roles (such as Idamante in the above video). As Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, she played a man playing a woman. Another role that Jepson was particularly known for was The Composer in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. (Some mezzo roles were once performed by castrati, who, for obvious reasons, are no longer in great supply.)
Jepson was a graduate of the University of Indiana Bloomington, which is known for its music department. The violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk are also Indiana grads.
Jepson performed on opera stages around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, The Royal Opera, Bavarian State Opera, San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Her Met debut was in Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice and appeared as Sister Helen in the worldwide premiere of Dead Man Walking.
Kristine Jepson, July 20, 1962-April 21, 2017
From Ariadne auf Naxos on Spotify