Úrsula San Cristóbal Opazo is a musician, researcher and performance artist devoted to medieval music, free improvisation, and contemporary interdisciplinary art. She was born in Santiago of Chile where she began studying recorder and early music. Interested in doing interdisciplinary research through her artistic practice as musician, Úrsula combined her musical training with musicology and performance art. In 2007 she founded with the chilean artist Francisco Gonzalez the Grupo Cruce, an art collective devoted to artistic experimentation with early music, instalation and performance art. In 2008 Úrsula earned a Bachelor in Music with honours at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and in 2012 she earned a Master degree in Spanish musicology with honours at University of Valladolid (Spain).
With a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Government, Úrsula earned a Master degree in Musicology with honours at University of Milan in April 2013. The same year, she completed a Bachelor in early music (recorder) at Civica Scuola di musica di Milano (Italy) with Daniele Bragetti. As a musician she has performed with different ensembles Spain and Italy, and she has participated in master class and seminaries by Diego Fratelli (counterpoint and renaissance music), Walter van Hauwe (recorder), Jorge Isaac (recorder and performance), Alfredo Bernardini (baroque orchestra), Lorenzo Ghielmi and Mara Galassi (baroque chamber music). Úrsula is devoted to the interpretation of medieval music, so she has followed seminars by specialists such as Giovanni Conti, Juan Carlos Asensio (gregorian chant), Claudia Caffagni, Michelle Pasotti (medieval music ensemble), Catherine Schroeder, Marcel Pérès and Anne Delafosse (medieval singing).
In the meantime of her musical training, Úrsula has developed her main career path in the domain of interdisciplinary experimental performance (see solo performances), delving into disciplines such as 20th century art (particularly historical avant-garde), Performance art, Dance theater and audiovisual language. She has met different performance artists in Spain and Europe (Llorenç Barber, Bartolomé Ferrando, Monica Günter…) in order to enrich her work on new concert formats and conceptual experiences where medieval music meets contemporary art. Her solo works has been performed in contemporary art festivals, art galleries and academies in Italy, Spain, Lithuania and Switzerland. She collaborates with Obrador de Filosofía y Teatro (Sala Beckett Barcelona).
In order to find an academic way to merge her two loves (medieval music and contemporary art) Ursula is currently doing her PhD in Art History and Musicology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her thesis is about the role of music and sound in Performance art and video installations. At the present time she works as a freelance experimental performer and teacher in the domain of artistic research, twentieth-century interdisciplinary art and audivisual language (see research). She has given workshops and seminar at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, Vilnius Academy of Art, Conservatory of Jaen and Conservatory of Canary Islands. She teaches Modern Art History at ESERP Business School of Barcelona and Language and Communication at Taller de Músics Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales.