Crystal

Daughter of the legendary American pioneers in baby swim, Crystal learned to swim before she learned to walk. The New Orleans newspaper "The Times-Picayune" featured 18 month old Crystal as a living success story of the psychology motivated baby swim methods developed by her parents in the early 1970's. Growing up in the swimming business, Crystal is a master of all competitive, training, and life-saving strokes: Front crawl, Backstroke, Butterfly/Dolphin crawl, Breaststroke, traditional Sidestroke, The Navy Seal Stroke, the Survival-Travel stroke, and all 4 of the Trudgen strokes. In addition to being a master swimmer she is also a world class swimming teacher and coach.

During the summer seasons, Crystal serves her community as a professional swimming instructor in Honolulu. However, during the remaining seasons, she is engaged on the main stage as an accomplished opera singer. All over the world, Crystal brings to the stage the soul and charm of her home town, New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. She has appeared on the operatic main stage in numerous prestigious roles, including: Carmen in Carmen, Charlotte in Werther, Mallika in Lakme, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Mere Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmelites. Composers, Lisa Prosec and Sheli Nan, also know Crystal in the San Francisco Bay Area for creating the title roles in their new operas, “Daughter of the Red Tzar” and “Saga of the 21st Century Girl”. Crystal also clowns, writes novelty songs and sings baroque music! She participates in ongoing new music collaborations with composer David Garner, as well as other 21st Century composers.

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