Kristoffer "Kit" Cleto was born in Chicago, Illinois and showed interest in music at an early age. He actively sang in choirs from elementary school through high school. Kit received a bachelor of music in vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, studying under Dr. Jeremy Hunt and Priscilla Bagley. During his time at UCF, Kit sang solos with the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and UCF Symphony Orchestra and performed with UCF Opera, Orlando Opera Company, Orlando Philharmonic and Valencia Opera Theater Workshop. Kit holds a master of music in voice performance & literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied with Jerold Siena, an internationally acclaimed tenor who has appeared regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and the world's leading opera houses. While at the U of Illinois, he performed with the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, U of I Opera Studio & Opera Scenes, Danville Symphony Station Theatre, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Allerton Music Barn Festival. He spent the summers of 2010 and 2013 performing operatic scenes and studying the Italian language with La Scuola Italia per Cantanti Lirici in Urbania and St’Angelo in Vado, Italy.
After returning to Orlando, Kit has performed with Central Florida Vocal Arts, Opera Orlando, and Opera del Sol, as well as successfully crossing over into the musical theatre genre performing with many Central Florida theatre companies. Theatre credits include: In The Heights (Orlando Shakes), Hunchback of Notre Dame (CFCArts, Titusville Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (Garden Theatre), ThanksKilling (Orlando Fringe), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Beth Marshall Presents), A Christmas Carol (Athens Theatre), Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre), Spamalot (Athens Theatre), Hands On A Hardbody (TheatreWorks Florida), The Secret Garden (Mad Cow Theatre). Recently, Kit was featured as a principal soloist with Opera del Sol’s Music of the Night Masquerade Gala and has worked behind the scenes as the vocal coach for Big Fish (Valencia College Theatre) and music director for Evita (Osceola Arts). As a voice faculty member at Valencia College, his students have been accepted into programs on scholarship from Rollins College and Stetson University. Kit enjoys singing and teaching many styles of music, from opera to pop to musical theatre. He believes that learning and loving music is a gift that enriches our daily lives.