Kristina Bitina

Kristina Bitina is an opera singer with a rich contralto and velvet timbre. Born in Latvia, she studied vocal at the Daugavpils Music College and graduated from the Daugavpils Pedagogical University; she received three qualifications: opera singer, vocal teacher and music teacher. She holds a Master of Music in Performance and Teaching. She also honed her vocal and performance skills at the Riga Conservatory. Kristina took a postgraduate course at the world-famous Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Moreover, she studied drama, acting, dancing, and languages. Later, Kristina improved her language skills at Cardiff University, where she studied Italian, German, and Spanish and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Currently, Kristina sings in many languages, including Italian, German, French, Spanish, Latin, Polish, English, Welsh, Russian, and more. 

In 2001, Kristina won the ‘Russian Romance’ music contest in Riga and started her soloist career. She has performed in Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales. She was nicknamed ‘the angel voice’ and `the velvet contralto’. In 2005, Kristina relocated to Scotland, where she lived for several years, then spent a year in Ireland. Finally, she settled in Wales and has performed there heavily since 2010. 

Kristina has a rich repertoire covering opera and chamber music, as well as different styles and genres, from Renaissance and Baroque to modern music. She sings a lot of sacred music by Giulio Caccini, Alessandro Stradella, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and many more. Her variety of operatic roles includes Carmen (Bizet), Cherubino (Mozart), Desdemona (Rossini), Dalila (Saint-Saëns), Pauline (Tchaikovsky), Ulrica (Verdi), Azucena (Verdi), Orfeo (Gluck) and many more. 

Kristina has performed at hundreds of events and concerts as a solo singer and with various performers and ensembles.

With a unique contralto voice and rich experience, Kristina had her own vision of performing arts. She always wanted to bring together a group of top professional musicians who would share her attitude and passion for music. In 2019, in Cardiff, Kristina met two like-minded individuals, Nichola Bojczuk and Alexei Zhurov, who supported her idea of setting up an international music group and called it Camenae de Cymru. 

The pandemic delayed the plans, and the first concert was not presented until August 2021. Kristina performed as the lead singer, and a few professional classical musicians were invited, including Christopher Willams (piano), Sion Dawson (cello), Samantha Dowson (cello), and Yongen Dai (violin). Nichola was the compere, and Alexei helped organise the show.


Since then, Camenae de Cymru has delivered over 30 events across South Wales and England with top musicians who are professionally trained performers in their own right. They perform separate solo and ensemble pieces from their respective repertoires, from Baroque and Romantic pieces to the best classical music of the early 20th century.

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