Death of an international US mezzo, aged 54, Kristine (Kris) Jepson

(PR Photo by Henry-Grossman)

WIKIPEDIA: Kristine Jepson was an American mezzo-soprano born in Iowa. She studied music at Indiana University and later resided in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She appeared in over 25 operas at houses across Europe and the United States including the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the San Francisco Opera. She also appeared in the first performances of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic at the San Francisco Opera, premièring the role of Kitty Oppenheimer. She was part of the second cast (with Susan Graham in the principal cast) in the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the debut run of Dead Man Walking with the San Francisco Opera. Jepson died at the age of 54 on April 21, 2017.

 VIDEO: Piotr Beczala/Kristine Jepson: Clair de lune/Il faut nous séparer/Werther/Massenet-Frankfurt 2005