"....the stand-out performance if I had to choose came from Kirsty Taylor-Stokes, singing the role of Tatyana....seized her chance and shone" - Andrew Green
"...was a vocally formidable Tatyana, managing both thrilling and tender as needed" - Brian Dickie
A graduate of The Royal Academy of music, Kirsty became the first masters student to ever be awarded a mark of 100% for a final recital. She is also the recipient The Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Prize "for a recent graduate with outstanding potential as a soloist".
In 2011 Kirsty joined the chorus of Glyndebourne opera and in 2012 she made her professional operatic debut singing the role of Cockerel in Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen with Glyndebourne Opera, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. Kirsty continued her relationship with Glyndebourne, covering the first nymph in Rusalka for Glyndebourne on Tour in 2012 and covering the role of Female Chorus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia in 2013. In 2014 Kirsty made her role debut of Violetta in Opera South's production of La Traviata, then 2015 saw her cover the role of Mimi in Grange Park Opera's production of La Boheme with Stephen Barlow & Stephen Medcalf.
In 2016 Kirsty became part of Garsington Opera's Alvarez Programme and was part of their understudy scheme where she covered the role of Tatyana in Eugine Onegin singing the role on the mainstage as part of Garsington's Opera First production.
2017 will see Kirsty make another role debut, singing Vrenchen (Juliet) in Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet. She will then return to Garsington to cover the role of Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, she will then go on to perform at two private performances of the opera with Garsington followed by a performance in Corfu.