Christina Major, Soprano

1997 – 2000; 2003 – 2004

In the 2011 – 2012 season, CHRISTINA MAJOR returned to OSJ to appear in the role of Elettra in the company premiere of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Later that season, she was a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Greenville Symphony, performed Carmina Burana with the Winston-Salem Symphony, then returned to California in December as a featured soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony in their Evening of Verdi. She concluded the season with the Midsummer Mozart Festival as a featured soloist in their performance of Mozart’s Great mass in C Minor.

Other recent performances for Ms. Major include her appearances as the soprano soloist with the Midsummer Mozart Festival, the Arizona Music Festival, the Tucson Symphony in the Messiah, and performances in Verdi’s Requiem with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra.

During the 2009-10 season, Ms. Major was named Grand Finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation International Competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Gerda Lissner Foundation’s International Voice Competition Winner’s Concert.

Other engagements included Violetta (La traviata) with Opera Plus, Idaho, the role of Konstanze (The Abduction from Seraglio) with the Midsummer Mozart Festival in August of 2008, soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Greenville Symphony and the Florida Bach Festival, the title role in Tosca with Opera Plus!, and concert performances with the Tucson Symphony as a soloist Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Strauss’ Voices of Spring. Ms. Major also appeared as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s St. Paul with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Handel’s Messiah at the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Hacienda Heights, California.

Previous seasons featured Ms. Major as Violetta (La traviata) with Rimrock Opera in Billings, Montana and her debut with Ft. Worth Opera in the role of Mimì (La bohème). On the concert stage, Ms. Major was a featured soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska in their performance of the Brahms Requiem, and was also a featured soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Duke University Chorale and Orchestra Pro Cantores. She also appeared as soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony in their performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony, and with the Delaware Symphony in their performance of Carmina Burana.

Other recent performances featured Ms. Major as a soloist in the NEA’s Great American Voices Series at Malmstrom Airforce Base. She also appeared as soloist in Carmina Burana with the Phoenix Symphony, as a soloist with George Cleve and the Midsummer Mozart Festival, and as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Plus in Idaho.

After her departure from Opera San José in 2004, Ms. Major was a featured soloist with The Midsummer Mozart Festival, and appeared as a guest artist in University of North Texas Opera Center’s fall 2004 production of Madama Butterfly in the title role. In 2005, she was named a winner in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

During her second engagement as a member of Opera San José’s resident company, Ms. Major appeared as Nedda (Pagliacci), Léïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles ), and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) during the 2003 – 2004 season.  Ms. Major’s previous roles with OSJ include Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Juliette ( Roméo et Juliette), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Hanna (The Merry Widow), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Micaëla (Carmen), and Violetta (La traviata).

Ms. Major  performed the roles of Violetta (La traviata) with Nevada Opera in February of 2001, the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) with Amarillo Opera in 2002, and Mimì (La bohème) with Knoxville Opera in 2003.  Ms. Major also toured with the Santa Fe Opera in spring of 2003 and continued to perform with that company during the summer. Other recent performances include the roles of the Accuser and Victim in the world premiére of Bright Sheng’s Madam Mao at Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Major also was a nominee for the prestigious Sarah Tucker Awards.

For more information, please visit Ms. Major’s website.