Ramiro in Mozart's The Secret Gardener with On Site Opera and The Atlanta Opera
"...the mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, pacing the lawn as Ramiro, whom Arminda rejects, spun lines of an uncannily silky legato that transcended the tricky acoustics of the open space."
- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
"Kristin Gornstein’s tender mezzo captured Ramiro’s noble melancholy, holding the audience rapt in a rare quiet moment and offering a counterweight to Arminda’s flash." - Opera News
"In the trouser role of Ramiro, who loves Arminda, mezzo Kristin Gornstein played the moping, scorned suitor to perfection."
- Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
"Ramiro’s final aria was beautifully sung by mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, who interpolated a potent high note at the passage’s apex, thrilling listeners. She portrayed Ramiro as an insecure young man, her visage always betraying concern and her more arched body position a sharp contrast from Belfiore or even Podesta’s." - David Salazar, Operawire
Lucretia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with Loft Opera
“Mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein .... caught the drama and fire of the terrified and finally traumatized heroine. This opera is as much a ritual as a dramatic retelling, and she was its priestess. She presented Lucretia as a blank slate at first, an object of Tarquinius' obsession come to vivid life. She imbued the character with an underlying sense of fatalism and then a steely, wounded dignity. Her final suicide was chilling, stark and bloody. – Paul Pelkonen, Superconductor
“Kristin Gornstein, a fine actress with a deep, spacious sound, acted Lucretia touchingly and sang with earnest beauty, from the calm of her entrance to suspicion and alarm to the depths of depression.” – John Yohalem, Parterre
“Kristin Gornstein’s mezzo is a lighter instrument that what is usually heard as the contralto Lucretia, which gave her character an intriguing sense of youth and freshness.” – James Jorden, The Observer
“Kristin Gornstein, as Lucretia, had darkness in her tone that matched the character’s anguish, and she projected a Tilda Swinton-like regality in her pleated orange dress and thick gold jewelry.“ - Henry Stewart, Opera News
“Lucretia, the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, stabbed herself and fell practically at the feet of audience members sitting in the first row of folding chairs.” - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Tanglewood Music Festival
"The premiere of Steven Mackey’s Madrigal for voice and percussion quartet proved another highlight, the clear-voiced mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein singing an evocative, liturgical vocal line enhanced by a colorful percussive underpinning." - Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
"The final TMC vocal concert, on August 11, included... the romantic duo of Barrett Radziun, a brilliant comic actor as well as gifted, silvery tenor, who, with Kristin Gornstein, a delightful, soap-opera tragedienne and marvelously flexible mezzo-soprano, tested the limits of a fraught love affair." - Eli and Carolyn Newberger, The Berkshire Edge