Ciesinski, Katherine, American mezzo-soprano, sister of Kristine Ciesinski ; b. Newark, Del., Oct. 13, 1950. She studied at Temple Univ. (B.M., 1972; M.M., 1973) and at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia (opera diploma, 1976); she won first prize in the Geneva International Competition (1976) and Grand Prize in the Paris International Competition (1977). She made her concert debut with the Philadelphia Orch. (1974) and her operatic debut as Leonora in La Favorite with the Opera Co. of Philadelphia (1975). She sang Erika in Barber’s Vanessa at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. (1978), then gained wide recognition as Countess Geschwitz in the first U.S. production of the three-act version of Berg’s Lulu at the Santa Fe Opera (1979). In 1988 she sang in the premiere performance of Argento’s The Aspern Papers in Dallas. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 1988. In 1993 she was engaged as Handel’s Xerxes at the Santa Fe Opera. As a concert artist, she appeared with leading orchs. in both North America and Europe; she also gave duo recitals with her sister. Among her prominent roles are Otta via in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Laura in La Gioconda, Eboli in Don Carlos, Dalila in Samson et Dolila, Charlotte in Werther, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
"Ciesinski, Katherine." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 20, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/ciesinski-katherine-0
"Ciesinski, Katherine." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved October 20, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/ciesinski-katherine-0
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.