Christina English, mezzo-soprano
Known for her "agile mezzo-soprano voice" (Boston Classical Review) and "striking" presence (The Arts Fuse), Christina English brings dramatic commitment and musical sensitivity to a versatile array of opera, concert and musical theater performances throughout the New England area. Ms. English’s recent acclaimed performances include her "intriguing" portrayal (The Boston Globe) of the hateful stepmother Háta in Smetana's The Bartered Bride with Boston Midsummer Opera, and an extended 7-week run as Cinderella's infamous stepsister Florinda in Sondheim's Into the Woods with Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Engagements in the 2014-15 season include her return to the Lyric Stage Company in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, regular school performances with the Handel & Haydn Society outreach vocal quartet, and her ensemble debut with Boston Baroque in Bach's St. John Passion. Ms. English will also continue to present private performances of original holiday and Broadway revues with Union Park, a vocal quartet led by music director Catherine Stornetta and stage director Patricia-Maria Weinmann; she will perform Pasatieri's Signor Deluso with the ensemble this January.
The 2013 season saw several important debuts. With Guerilla Opera, Boston’s premiere home for innovative new opera, she delivered a “praiseworthy” performance (New York Arts) as Inez in Andy Vores' No Exit. She appeared as Saint Sarah in Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as Messenger of Peace in Wagner’s Rienzi with Odyssey Opera, marking her solo debut with this important new company.
A sought-after interpreter of art song and contemporary works, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall performing Malcolm Peyton's Songs from Walt Whitman. Composer John Heiss invited her to perform his Songs from James Joyce in New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, and she presented Mohammed Fairouz’s Three Shakespeare Songs at the Kaufmann Center under the composer’s direction. She was awarded Second Prize in Voice in the 2009 Grieg Festival Young Artists Competition in Florida, performing selections from Grieg's Haugtussa.
She has been a Young Artist with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center and the Seagle Music Colony. Additional training and performance includes Boston Opera Collaborative, OperaWorks, Operafestival di Roma, MetroWest Opera, Riverside Theatreworks, and Crittenden Opera Studio. A native of San Jose, CA, she earned her B.A. in Music and a minor in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory.