A whole-hearted performer & inclusive educator
Acclaimed as "bewitching," having "her own soubrette-ish delivery," as well as "wringing every bit of sentiment out of her aria," Abigail Krawson is garnering critical and audience praise for her energetic and heartfelt portrayals. Abigail is a dynamic performer, an engaging educator, and a passionate producer of innovative opera and vocal performances. She is on the roster of both The Portland Opera Chorus and The Portland Symphonic Choir, the Director of Children and Youth Choirs at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, the Communications Director for Renegade Opera, a private voice and piano teacher, and also maintains an active solo calendar in and around Portland.
This season, you can hear Abby as a soloist at The JUDY with Renegade Opera, reprising her Mourning Dove portrayal in Bird Songs of Opera, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church for a Messiah with members from the Oregon Sympony, and in a new collection of musical selections for Tapestry, a duo concert with LaRiche Lamar. Abby is also curating a recital called From the Vault for the Portland Symphonic Choir. As a chorister, you can hear her in Le Nozze di Figaro and a Puccini concert with Portland Opera. She will also sing in a world premiere production of Rachmaninoff's Vespers, a holiday concert, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Portland Symphonic Choir.
In 2022-23 Abigail will make her debut with Portland Opera in the choruses of Carmen and Rusalka. She will also sing with the Portland Symphonic Chorus in Puccini's Messa di Gloria with the Vancouver Symphony and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Portland Youth Philharmonic. Abigail will also perform a duo concert, Tapestry, with LaRiche' Lamar at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. And to round out her season, Abby will embrace her Portland roots and sing in Bird Songs of Opera with Renegade Opera, an immersive opera experience at the Leach Botanical Gardens.
In the 2021-22 season she sang the soprano solos in Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Vespers Solennes de Confessore with Eugene Concert Choir, was the soprano Flower in Blythely Ever After, a rock/opera cabaret with Stephanie Blythe with Boston Lyric Opera, and performed with OrpheusPDX as Proserpina in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. She also joined the Renegade Opera team as Director of Communications.
In the 2019-20 season, Abigail sang Adele in Die Fledermaus with Amarillo Opera, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Opera West, joined The Phoenix Theatre (Sound of Music) and Arizona Opera (La Bohème) as an ensemble member. Performances canceled due to the Covid pandemic included singing Monica in The Medium with Cactus Chamber Ensemble, and a return engagement to The Taos Opera Institute's Cantos De Taos, as a featured soloist.
In the 2018-19 season, Abigail took First Prize at the Southwest Vocal Competition, sang with The Arizona Musicfest Chorus, performed the soprano solo in Rutter's Requiem, and also made her directing debut working with Detour Company Theatre, an inclusive theatre company in Scottsdale, AZ.
Past season highlights include the saucy Musetta in La Bohème with Boston Opera Collaborative, the vocally punishing, but ever charming Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, the charming Marzelline in Fidelio, and Adamo’s heart-wrenching Beth in Little Women. And on the concert stage, she has performed the solos in Strauss’ Brentano Lieder and Mozart's Requiem with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, as well as the Brahms' Requiem and Handel's Messiah.
Aside from the Southwest Vocal Competition, Ms. Krawson won First Prize in The Peter Elvins Voice Competition in 2017, First Place in The Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artist Competition in 2016, and First Place in the Dr. Peatee Art Song Competition in 2009.
Abigail lives in Oregon with her partner Justin and their corgis, Sheldon and Coila. She enjoys spending time with friends and family over good food, taking in nature, following her astrology charts and making meaningful music.