Friends are reporting the death of Kristine (Kris) Jepson, a popular figure on the opera circuit.
Iowa born, she played Kitty Oppenheimer in the first San Francisco run of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic and replaced Susan Graham in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
Kris sang Octavian and Siebel at the Met, as well as numerous roles at Covent Garden, La Scala, the Monnaie, the Liceu, Dreden and Munich.
She is widely mourned.
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