Hailed by Opera News as “sonorous and amusing,” soprano Kristina Saar Gaschel is a dynamic and versatile performer, championing both the American music of her present and the eastern European traditions of her family past. Notably, she performed the role of the bride, Milica, in the United States premiere of Svadba-Wedding, an a capella Serbian opera by Ana Sokolović. Other roles include Britten's Albert Herring (Cis) with Bronx Opera, Handel’s Ariodante (Dalinda) and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Berta) with New York Opera Forum, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame) with the Connecticut Lyric Opera Young Artist Institute, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) with Peabody Opera Outreach and Cavalli's L'Egisto (Climene) with the Crane Opera Ensemble.
Kristina has performed along the East Coast, notably featured on the Thursday Noon Recital Series at Peabody Conservatory, performing contemporary American repertoire. In 2013, she was the winner of the New York State Music Teachers Association Empire Competition in Albany, N.Y. As an ensemble singer, Kristina has performed all over the world, touring throughout Europe with American Music Abroad and to China with the Crane Touring Choir. Proud of her Estonian heritage, she shared the stage with nearly 25,000 singers at the 2014 Laulupidu [Song Celebration] in Tallinn.
Kristina graduated summa cum laude from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education. She is a 2014 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, with a Master of Music degree in voice performance.
When offstage, Kristina shares her passion of music through teaching. She currently teaches Kindermusik at Saratoga Sings, as well as private voice and piano lessons. In addition, she holds a NYS Professional Teaching Certificate (Music, K-12) and received tenure in the Queensbury Union Free School District in upstate New York.