A native of Washington, DC, Robin Steitz is quickly establishing herself as a sensitive and committed musician in the professional voice world. This season, she looks forward to performing the role of 'Marianna' in the world premiere of Joe Illick's opera Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World as a Studio Artist with Fort Worth Opera Outreach; joining the South Dakota Symphony as the featured soloist in their Christmas on the Prairie concert; and performing the role of 'Amore' in OperaDelaware's production of L'incoronazione di Poppea. In the 2018-19 season, she performed the role of 'Cricket' in the American premiere of Richard Ayres' opera The Cricket Recovers at the Tanglewood Music Center under the baton of Thomas Adès; 'Amore' in Opera Bel Cantanti's production of Orfeo ed Euridice; and 'Zerlina' in Baltimore Concert Opera's production of Don Giovanni. As a Voice Fellow at Tanglewood in 2018 and 2019, she also performed as soprano soloist in Bach Cantatas 105 and 211 and in Lukas Foss' Time Cycle, which she recently performed again with Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort at the New England Conservatory. A passionate advocate of contemporary chamber music, this year Ms. Steitz premiered John-Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal's Eternity and its Double for soprano and contrabass in James Turrell's space Double Vision at the Ekebergparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway, and performed the world premiere of My Sister's Voice by Reena Esmail for soprano, piano quintet, and Hindustani singer under the Sorel Organization's 2019 Professional Fellowship at SongFest. She also performed George Lewis' Anthem for soprano and chamber orchestra with the Eastman contemporary music ensemble Musica Nova during Dr. Lewis's residency at Eastman. At Eastman she also performed several world premieres of student works, including Daddy by Edo Frenkel and ancient lament by Haotian Yu, both works for solo soprano and chamber orchestra.
This year, Ms. Steitz was winner of the Buffalo / Toronto District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was named a Finalist in the Opera Ithaca International Competition. In 2018, Ms. Steitz was awarded the Sylvia Trefil Honorable Mention Prize at the Partners for the Arts Competition; appeared as the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company; and participated in The Song Continues workshop with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall, where she coached with Warren Jones and Ken Noda and performed works by Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf.
In concert Ms. Steitz has appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel's Ode to St. Cecelia's Day with the First Inversion Choir and period instrument band; the Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach B Minor Mass with the Voices Chamber Choir and Orchestra; Requiem in c by Michael Haydn and Vaughan-William's Dona nobis pacem at Eastman; and Johann Strauss's Frühlingstimmen with the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra.
Robin Steitz received her MM in Voice Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she won 1st Place in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition judged by Graham Johnson and placed 3rd in the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition judged by Stephen Wadsworth. She also won the Voice Concerto Competition, for which she was awarded a performance of Witold Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neil Varon. At Eastman Opera Theater, Ms. Steitz performed the roles of ‘La Fée’ in Cendrillon and ‘Miss Jessel’ in Turn of the Screw. She also appeared as ‘Suor Genovieffa’ in Oberlin in Italy's 2016 production of Suor Angelica.
Ms. Steitz graduated from Reed College with a BA in Linguistics, and before pursuing a career in voice was a high school math teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland.