Christina Major, soprano

American Soprano Christina Major is a rising star, known for her sumptuous and agile “Italianate sound”. In Opera News, she was hailed as being a “sensitive actress” who “provided the highest emotional stakes of the evening.” The Dallas Morning News has acknowledged her as the “…standout, alternating fire and subtler warmth with touching, real emotional depths.” The San Francisco Chronicle said she is a “fascinating and hugely talented singer,” with a “magnetic presence and vocal brilliance,” and the Oakland Tribune called her performance of Violetta as “literally and figuratively worth dying for.” Her recent triumphs have been performances of the Verdi Requiem most recently with Symphony Silicon Valley and the Stockton Symphony. “Of the four soloists, [Christina] Major’s projected the greatest ease: floating, sparkling, resounding; a range of effects.” (San José Mercury News)

The 2013-2014 season for Christina Major included performances with the Jacksonville Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Maestro Robert Moody and returning to Symphony Silicon Valley in Carmina Burana with South American conductor Carlos Vieu. She returns to delight audiences at the Greenville Symphony for “Music from the Heavens”, an evening of numerous works including Verdi’s Te Deum, Poulenc’s Gloria and Mascagni’s “Easter Hymn” from Cavalleria Rusticana under the masterful baton of Russian-born Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel. Continued…

Christina Major

For 2012/13 season, she debuted with the Santa Rosa Symphony with Bruno Ferrandis conducting in their new home, the incomparable Weill Concert Hall. The program, titled “The Titans of Opera,” presented Ms. Major in a number of Verdi arias. The review stated “…a solitary musician stole the show: American soprano Christina Major. If your name is destiny, this powerful singer will have a major career.”

The Verdi Requiem continues to feature prominently with this artist. Performances this season have included Symphony Silicon Valley and the Stockton Symphony. Her 2010 debut performances of this piece in Fort Worth, TX at Bass Performance Hall received rave reviews.

Ms. Major was a featured soloist for the Midsummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco consecutive years from 2005-2012 where she performed the role of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, masterworks such as the “Great C minor” Mass and virtuosic concert arias.

In the 2011-12 season she debuted in the role of Elettra in Idomeneo in a co-production with Opera San José and Packard Humanities Institute and she sang the role of Donna Anna in West Bay Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.

Ms. Major was a resident artist twice for Opera San José, first from 1998 to 2000 and then again in 2003 to 2004. Since those residencies, she has forged a significant career in a number of roles, most especially those of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. Violetta is one of the roles that this artist has a particular affinity for and has been seen with numerous companies already including Nevada Opera, Rimrock Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene in addition to performances with Opera San José. She has performed Mimi in La Bohème, Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Nedda in Pagliacci, and many others with companies such as Knoxville Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Coeur d’Alene, Amarillo Opera, Nevada Opera, and two seasons as an apprentice and cover artist at Santa Fe Opera.

Equally gracing the concert stage, Ms. Major has regularly performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Handel’s Messiah with notable organizations such as the National Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska, Florida Bach Festival, Greenville Symphony in South Carolina, Tucson Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Dallas Symphony Chorus, Duke University Chorale, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Symphony Silicon Valley.

Ms. Major was a Grand Finalist at the 2012 and 2013 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, a Grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition in 2009 and 2010, a second prize winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation in 2010 and second prize winner in the Trujillo, Peru Concurso Internacional de Canto Lirico in 2007.

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