Kripa Nageshwar has won praise for her elegant and agile voice, and her ability to adapt to several musical styles from Baroque to contemporary. She has performed in the United States and in Europe (notably U.K., Austria, Czech Republic and France), as well as in India. Canadian stages have seen her in such roles as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro – Alberta) and Despina (Così fan tutte – Vancouver). In Montreal, she has appeared as Diane (Orphée aux enfers), Patience (Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride), Daphné (Actéon) and Arlette (Die Fledermaus – in French).
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Kripa had the opportunity to receive extensive training in South Indian Classical (Carnatic), Indian devotional (bhajan) & Hindustani styles of music early on in life. She also had several years of experience singing jazz, choral, gospel and world music. Having found her calling as a Western classical musician, Kripa completed her Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) with distinction at the University of Alberta, under the tutelage of Professor Harold Wiens in 2007. She then gained a Masters in Music (Vocal Performance) in 2010 at the University of Montreal, under the guidance of Adrienne Savoie and Louise-Andrée Baril.
In addition to her formal studies, Kripa was a participant at the Opera NUOVA summer training program (2005 & 2006) in Edmonton, where she had the opportunity to coach and learn with renowned professionals including the late Nico Castel, Carol Castel, John Fanning, Stuart Hamilton, and Marianne Bindig. She was also an invited participant at the prestigious Institut Franz Schubert (2007) in Baden bei Wien, Austria where she participated in masterclasses with specialists in German Lieder, Wolfgang Holzmair, Helmut Deutsch, Elly Ameling, and Edith Wiens. Kripa was a participant at the Vancouver Summer Opera Studio in 2011, where she had the unique opportunity to study with renowned Canadian soprano, Heidi Klassen. Kripa also had the opportunity to do summer internships at the Académie de la Roche d’hys (France, 2012 & 2013) with Jeannette Aster, and at the Moravian Masterclass (Czech Republic, 2014) with Mirka Zemanova (Czech diction coach), Timothy Cheek (vocal and Czech diction coach) and Czech soprano, Eliška Pappová.
A semi-finalist at the Emmy Destinn Awards Competition for Czech music (London, UK) in October 2015, her 2015-2016 season has taken off with real momentum. Included in her many exciting projects is a salon concert with the Compagnie Baroque de Mont-Royal (CBMR), featuring the works Rameau, Mondonville, Pergolesi, Dauvergne and more. She has also been cast in CBMR’s main spring production in the roles of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, and Zaïre in Rameau’s Les fleurs – fête persane (from his “Les Indes galantes”) in Montreal, QC. Kripa also performs as a soloist and section lead with the St-Lambert’s Choral Society (St-Lambert, QC).
A proficient chamber music soloist, Kripa was featured in the Nocturnes in the City Concert Series in Toronto, ON in October 2015, where she performed a full art song recital in Czech, featuring the works of Kaprálová, Dvořák and J. B. Foerster. Kripa has also been invited to perform for a second consecutive season at the Westwood Concert Series (Toronto) in May 2016 with Chad Heltzel (piano) and Michael Westwood (clarinet). Among the various works to be presented will be Canadian composer Colin Eatocks’s work Ashes of soldiers, a recent arrangement of the final movement of Mahler’s 4th symphony for soprano, clarinet and piano, and Vaughn-William’s 3 Vocalises for soprano and clarinet.
Next season (2016-2017) also brings the promise of a number of innovative projects. Kripa is embarking on a original project which will explore a history of women in Montreal for the 375th year anniversary celebrations of the city. With respect to her projects involving Czech music and culture, her season will start with the role of Lidunka in Blodek’s V studni and end with the first annual Czech Chamber Music Festival produced by the Canadian Institute for Czech Music.