Obituary: Kristine Ciesinski Dies In Tragic Crash

By Francisco Salazar

Soprano Kristine Ciesinski  has died in a crash in Grand Teton National Park at the age of 65.

Ciesinski was identified as the pilot of a glider that crashed in Utah. The soprano was a certified flight instructor, who started flying in 1998 after retiring from the operatic scene.

Ciesinski was well-known for singing at the opera major theaters including Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Paris, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, English National Opera, La Monnaie, Mariinsky Theatre, Oper Frankfurt and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others.

Among her signature roles were Katerina in “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” and “Salome,” which she performed in 18 productions. She was also known for her interpretation of Marie in “Wozzeck,” Emilia Marty in “The Makropulos Case,” and Judith in “Bluebeards Castle.”

She was married to the British bass-baritone Norman Bailey.

Here is a selection from Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the English National Opera featuring the soprano.