Reviews

MADAME BUTTERFLY

“Mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson gave a sympathetic performance as the devoted maid, Suzuki; her voice blended deliciously with Shirvis's in the flower duet.”
                            Celia R. Baker
                            Opera News    

“Kirsten Gunlogson as Suzuki was impressive. She brought dignity to her character, and her pragmatism perfectly balanced Butterfly's youthful optimism.”
                            Edward Reichel
                            Deseret News

“Kirsten Gunlogson and Andrew Oakden give three-dimensional portrayals of the faithful servant Suzuki and the kind consul Sharpless, respectively.”
                            Catherine Reese Newton
                            Salt Lake Tribune

“The performances were roundly excellent, particularly Shirvis as Butterfly and Kirsten Gunlogson as her maid Suzuki.”
                            Dan Nailen
                            Salt Lake Magazine

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

“Alaskan native Kirsten Gunlogson offered a deftly-acted Cherubino.  Her voice is attractive, but she distinguished herself most by her exceptional skill at portraying an adolescent boy.  She had the perfect body language and demeanor for the gawky, impetuous young page, almost persuading the audience to forget that this was a female performer.”
                             Christopher Weimer     
                             Opera News

“Gunlogson was a most physically active Cherubino, but one who sang the arias Voi che sapete and Non so piu cosa son like an angel whenever the character managed to stop moving.”
                             James D. Watts Jr.
                             Tulsa World

“Kirsten Gunlogson sung the role (Cherubino)…… with joy and awkward charm.”
                             George Warren
                             The Fresno Bee  

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

“Among the adults, Gunlogson and Thomas are standouts.  Gunlogson’s rendition of the “All that gold” aria is powerful as the mother wonders why her son shouldn’t have the riches intended for the Christ child.”
                            Evans Donnell
                            The Tennessean

RIGOLETTO

“Mezzo Kirsten Gunlogson provided a sultry embodiment of Maddalena.”
                            Paul Wooley
                            Concerto Net.com

 

CARMEN

“Making her Nevada Opera debut, Gunlogson starts off as coquettish.  As the performance picks up steam, Gunlogson’s characterization and singing grows steamier, which is a clue as to what Gunlogson’s future could be as a hot-blooded, first-rate, full-of-fire - and danger - Carmen.”
                            Jack Neal
                            Jack Neal’s Music Reviews
                      

HANSEL AND GRETEL

“Well, the best were………mezzo Kirsten Gunlogson singing a pre-pubescent Hansel, …….showing the most vocal control.”
                            Tom Aldridge
                            Indy Nuvo  

 

EUGENE ONEGIN

“Kirsten Gunlogson’s Olga was young, vivacious, and vocally strong.”
                             Charles H. Parsons
                             Opera News


“.........Tatyana (the girl) was beautifully sung by IO’s familiar soprano, Amy Johnson.  Scarcely less riveting was soprano Kirsten Gunlogson singing Olga (the sister).”
                             Tom Aldridge
                             Indy Nuvo

 

COSI FAN TUTTE

“Kirsten Gunlogson was completely winning as Dorabella.  Her mezzo voice is well focused, agile, capable of beautiful lines.  Her stage manner was charmingly feminine and precise.”
                              Mark Kanny
                              Pittsburgh Tribune

“To Dorabella's Act 1 aria, "Smanie implacabili," Kirsten Gunlogson brought wonderful comic melodrama, over the departure of her soldier-boyfriend.”
                              Whitney Smith
                             Indianapolis Star

First and foremost, all six provided excellent ensemble singing…………And the Johnson-Gunlogson combo delivered exquisitely matched voices in their duets, as did Hartley and Peterson, as did all four in their quartet.

                              Tom Aldridge
                              Indy Nuvo

FALSTAFF

“Mezzo Kirsten Gunlogson is a wonderful Meg, with her beautiful voice serving dramatic acuity.  It is an impressive portrayal from a young singer.......”
                              Mark Kanny
                              Pittsburgh Tribune

“The merry wives, Kirsten Gunlogson (Meg Page) and Antonia Brown (Alice Ford), were charming....”
                              Andrew Druckenbrod     
                              Pittsburgh Post Gazette

 

THE GONDOLIERS

“Leading off the talented ensemble is…….mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson as Tessa. (They) are wonderful together and in individual arias.  And their acting is on an equal footing with their vocal talents.  They bring the right amount of humor to their respective roles, as well as depth and wonderful conviction.”
                              Edward Reichel
                              Deseret Morning News

“Debuting with Utah Opera in this production…..alto, Kirsten Gunlogson…….who created a formidable and attractive quartet of exquisite voices and strong acting chops.”
                              Robert Coleman
                              Salt Lake Tribune

 

IOLANTHE

“As Iolanthe, Kirsten Gunlogson was a stand-out as well. Her plea to the Lord Chancellor for Strephon's happiness was a touching interlude, a rock of pure heartfelt emotion in a stream of silliness.”
                            Zan Buckner
                            MusicOMH.com

DIE ZAUBERFLOTE

“There also was the subtly sexual overture when the three ladies (Chloé Moore, Kirsten Gunlogson and Olga Perez wonderfully cast in the roles) who rescue Tamino from the serpent compete to flirt with the young prince. It was a romp!”
                           Cathalena E. Burch
                           Arizona Daily Star

L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES

“Once again, Gunlogson and Thomas are noteworthy.  That’s particularly true when they play cats singing the romantic “Duo miaule” with sounds resembling meows.”
                           Evans Donnell
                           The Tennessean

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS

“Kirsten Gunlogson was correctly haughty in this role.  It is not any easy part to play or sing......and Gunlogson obviously enjoyed it immensely.”
                           John T. Roberts
                           Charlottesville Daily Progress

 

LA TRAVIATA

“Among supporting roles, Kirsten Gunlogson’s Flora.............emerged with pointed distinction.”
                            Andrew Adler
                            The Courier-Journal

 

FAUST

“In the supporting roles, creamy mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson made (a) good impression(s).”
                             Mark Stryker
                             The Detroit Free Press

“……the Siébel of mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson was well sung…..”
                              John Koopman
                              Opera News

 

IN CONCERT

THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

“For this performance, (soloists) were tenor Martin Thompson as Gerontius; mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson as the Angel;  (Both) have lyrical voices that also possess power. They brought conviction and feeling to their parts.  Thompson's and Gunlogson's singing was especially noteworthy for its clarity and resonance.”
                           Edward Reichel
                           The Deseret News

INTERMEZZO CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES – CHANSON DE BILITIS

“The cycle is evocative and sensual and revels in the colors and sonorities of the rich descriptiveness of the poems with some of the most voluptous music Debussy wrote. It's a masterpiece of French impressionism, and Gunlogson and Kawashima certainly gave a luminous reading. Gunlogson's warm mezzo is wonderfully suited to these songs, and her interpretation was striking. She sang them as if she owned them.”
                           dward Reichel
                          The Deseret News

 

BEETHOVEN MASS IN C

“Kirsten Gunlogson has a beautifully placed mezzo-soprano voice that is rich without ever being heavy, and was outstanding in several extended solos and in the ensemble.”
                           Mark Kanny
                           Pittsburgh Tribune

 

SOME ENCHANTED VALENTINE

“….the first stanza closed with a rousing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, with Gunlogson and an inspired chorus.”
                           Thomas Harrison
                           Mobile Register

 

NOVA CHAMBER SERIES – BERG SEVEN EARLY SONGS

“Gunlogson, who has been nominated for a Grammy for best classical album for her recording of Maurice Ravel's "L'Enfant et les sortileges" with the Nashville Symphony, gave a compelling account. Possessing a rich and warm voice, she did justice to these songs, capturing the scope and character of each piece wonderfully.”
                          Edward Reichel
                          The Deseret News

 

2001 ANNAPOLIS OPERA VOCAL COMPETITION

“Kirsten Gunlogson........possesses a large voice of impressive agility and a commanding stage presence.”
                          Mary Johnson
                          The Maryland Sun

 

BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO

“Her voice was smooth,always on pitch,  well supported.  Gunlogson sang with conviction and feeling…….conveying sense and feeling for text.  Pity she didn’t have more to sing!”
                            Peter Gerdine
                            Vox/in Camera

 

CD REVIEWS

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS – NAXOS

“As Amahl's mother, Kirsten Gunlogson brings rich mezzo tone to the role and terrific diction in the recitative portions.”
                            Drew Minter
                            Opera News

“Sensitively directed by Alastair Willis, the cast is terrific, with mezzo Kirsten Gunlogson even rivaling Kuhlmann as the boy’s strict but loving mother”
                            Lawrence A. Johnson
                            South Florida Classical Review

“The all-American cast are clearly fully convinced by this work and they give their all in performance.  No libretto is provided in the booklet, but the diction is so good that you won’t need it.  Kirsten Gunlogson is suitably waspish as Mother, while she too is transformed into a convincing penitent after the theft scene.”
                            Simon Thompson
                            Music Web International.com

“The singing is good throughout and Mother, played by Alaskan mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson, is superb. Indeed one could almost say she is too good as the other soloists come across as being competent musical performers whereas Gunlogson sounds like a true diva (in the best sense of the word).”
                            Steven Whitehead
                            CrossRhythms.com

“The Mother of Kirsten Gunlogson comes off very well, the closest I have heard to Kuhlmann, and indeed she shows signs of being very familiar with the originator’s work.”
                            Steven Ritter
                            Audiophile Audition.com

“Kirsten Gunlogson is the demanding and unreasonable mother, plausibly characterized.”
                            Peter Dickinson
                            Gramaphone

“Kirsten Gunlogson is ideal as The Mother…………..”
                            Bob McQuiston
                          
 Classical Lost and Found.com

 

L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES – NAXOS

“Kirsten Gunlogson, a whimsical Chinese TeaCup…….”
                            Ronald E. Grames
                            Fanfare

“The Cat(s) of Kirsten Gunlogson…..she a delightful, teasing feline….”
                            Charles H Parsons
                            American Record Guide