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“I learned of Kristine's passing only recently while reading The Morningsider. I attended Morningside College with Kristine as an undergraduate, and...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Calvillo - St. Louis, MO

“This is so sad, so tragic. The news just reached me yesterday. I was thrilled to engage Kris for both Chamber Opera Chicago (Rosina, 1988) and...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Lawrence Rapchak - Whiting, IN

“Paul - I just learned this sad news. I am so sorry for you and your family. It's been years since we've seen each other, but you (and your family)...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Eva (Stanislav) Powell - CA

“The voice of Kris will always be heard in the hearts and minds of all who loved her. I pray that her family be comforted by the joy she shared with...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Rose F. - New York, NY

“Dorothy and family...I am in Iowa this weekend, but have a family wedding to attend today. So very sorry for the loss of Kris, a true bright light...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Carole Syse - Milwaukee, WI

“. . . my experience with Kris, 40 years ago, as a young band director was phenomenal. Kris was mature beyond her years, musically afraid of nothing...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Griffin - New Hampton, IA

“Dorothy, so sorry to read about the passing of your lovely daughter Kris. Visited with you at the quilt shop and I remember talking about a wedding...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Vivian Hartwig - Pender, NE

“I am sad to learn of your loss of Kris. From the pitcher's mound in Blencoe all the way to the Met. It seems she dreamed and lived a grand...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jeannie Hubert-Sterner - IA

“My deepest sympathies go out to Kris family and loved ones.Kris was by far my favorite singer. Her beautiful eyes, smile and light will forever be in...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Florence Fischer - Brussels

“Dear Jepson family,Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers for your family in these difficult days. Kris's amazing talent brought much...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Pete and Nancy Hittle - LA

“We were very saddened to hear of Kris's passing. She was a beautiful and extremely talented woman and will be missed by all who knew her. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Christine & Hugo Mahloch - Onawa, IA

“My condolences to you, Dorothy, and to all Kristine's family and friends. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Allen - Onawa, IA - Friend

“Kris was such a gem and a friend. 37 years since I high school and she was still someone who came to mind now and again. Please accept my condolences...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Brian Vaughn - Dahlonega, GA

“Our prayers are with the family. As we graduate and move on, we tend to lose touch with those we grew up with and its sad that this is the way we...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Gaylen Thelander - CA

“Sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

Kristine Jepson, 54, internationally acclaimed American mezzo-soprano, died Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York City.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017, with a visitation from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. and a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa, with Pastor Dennis Burns officiating. A private family service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Ingemann Danish Church in rural Moorhead, Iowa, led by Bonnie Matthaidess. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

"Kris" was born July 28, 1962, in Onawa, Iowa, to Magnus "Mac" and Dorothy (Petersen) Jepson. She grew up on a farm in the area and graduated from West Monona High School. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, before attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she completed a Master's Degree in Music Performance in 1987.

Kristine began her professional career in Chicago, where she appeared in local productions and auditioned for the San Francisco Opera. She joined a tour of the United States and another of Japan with this company. She also sang in China. Following the tours, she moved to New York City and made her home there for the remainder of her life.

In 1993, Kristine made her Metropolitan Opera debut and is credited with over 100 performances in 15 roles with the Met. They included "Octavian" in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and "Cherubino" from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

Kris sang with many regional companies in the United States, and played "Kitty Oppenheimer" in the first San Francisco run of John Adam's Doctor Atomic. She replaced Susan Graham in the role of "Sister Helen" in the premiere production of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, also with the San Francisco Opera.

Kristine's international career took her to Canada, Chile, and Brazil. She sang numerous roles with European Opera companies, including the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Monnaie, the Liceu, Dresden, and Munich.

Beyond her professional career, Kris was known for her wonderful sense of humor. She was dearly loved and highly respected by her colleagues and peers. She had many friends around the world.

Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Jepson of Onawa, IA; three brothers, Marlon Jepson of Onawa, IA, Paul (Deb) Jepson of Spencer, IA, and Timothy Jepson of Kansas City, MO; one niece; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arthur and Anna Jepson and Thorvald and Florence Petersen; her father, Magnus Jepson; and her brother, David Jepson.

Memorials in Kristine's honor may be directed to the Ingemann Danish Church in rural Moorhead, Iowa, and to the Onawa Public Library in Onawa, Iowa.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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