Saturday, February 11, 2012

Meet the Volunteers: Kristen Spensieri

Kristen Spensieri has spent the last twenty years in the field of healthcare communications, counseling some of the world's leading clients on health and wellness issues related to corporate reputation.  Her areas of expertise include positioning, brand identity, corporate social responsibility and crisis communications.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine.  In her free time, Kristen is an avid student of the arts, taking in all New York City has to offer.

Opera Idols: How did you get interested in opera, and subsequently in MONC/ER?
Kristen Spensieri:  My first experience with opera was Porgy & Bess as a teenager at the MET.  It was magical and monumental all at the same time.  It only took one performance - I was hooked!

Now, I am a multi-year member of the Metropolitan Opera's (MET) Young Associates program.  It seemed only natural to support the next generation of opera all stars.

OI:  What do you like about being on the committee?
KS:  Benefit committee opportunities are rampant in NYC.  The difference with MONC/ER is that this is a committee that's not only passionate, but effective and fun!  Everyone has a role to play, is incredibly collaborative, and at the end of the day is primarily concerned about our target audience - the up and coming opera talent of the future.

OI:  Do you have a favorite opera/aria/singer?
KS:  I have to admit I'm a Donizetti fan.  What's better than the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor?