Rising star, American Soprano Christina Major, is already established herself for her sumptuous and agile "Italianate sound" that brings back memories of the earlier greats. Recently she was hailed in Opera News as being a "sensitive actress" who "brought about the highest emotional stakes of the evening."
Recently The Dallas Morning News hailed her as the "...standout, alternating fire and subtler warmth with touching, real emotional depths."The San Francisco Chronicle called her a “fascinating and hugely talented singer,” with a “magnetic presence and vocal brilliance,” and the Oakland Tribune called her performance as Violetta “literally and figuratively worth dying for.” The San Jose Metro wrote of her Donna Anna that she “built tension with precision, delivering high notes at low volume, expressing excitement and yearning with her richly layered voice, feathered by quivering restraint. It was the highlight of the production.”
Events during the 2013-2014 season include return engagements to the Greenville Symphony as well as Symphony Silicon Valley to perform works of Poulenc, Verdi and Mascagni as well as the Verdi Requiem. She will debut with The Stockton Symphony in Verdi's Requiem and The Jacksonville Symphony in Ralph Vaugnan Williams Dona nobis pacem. July of 2012 saw her return to the prestigious Midsummer Mozart Festival where she performed the Soprano I Solos in the Mozart C Minor Mass. She was granted the honor of being among the first Operatic soloists in the newly completed Weill Concert Hall of the Green Music Center with the Santa Rosa Symphony in December where she performed Verdi Operatic pieces to glowing reviews. In 2011 Ms. Major returned to the Arizona Music Festival to sing Beethoven's Ninth, followed by her first performances of the role of Elettra in Opera San Jose/ Packard Humanties lavish production of Mozart's Idomeneo. She performed with West Bay Opera in the role of Donna Anna followed by her debut with Symphony Silicon Valley in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. She will then returned to Greenville Symphony under the baton of Russian conductor Edvard Tchivzhel to sing Beethoven's Ninth as well as performances of Carmina Burana under the baton of Robert Moody with the Winston-Salem Symphony. 2010 brought Ms. Major to her debut performances in Verdi's Messa da Requiem at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX as well as being selected as a Grant winner in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. She was presented in Concert in New York City with her fellow winners in December 2010. In 2009 she was a prize winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundatation Vocal competition as well as the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition. She was presented by the Gerda Lissner Foundation at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in May. She encored with Tucson Symphony in performances of Handel's Messiah. She sang the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Coeur D'Alene, Konstanze in Die Entfurung aus dem Serail with the Midsummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco and concert performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Tucson Symphony. Ms. Major made guest appearances in concerts for Lake George Opera and the Annual "Comfort Ye" Benefit in New York City with Lauren Flanigan and other acclaimed colleagues. During the 2008 season, Ms. Major was seen on the stage at Opera Coeur D'Alene as well as a December "Messiah" and January "Exultate Jubilate" with the Tucson Symphony. Additional performances included concerts with the Trujillo Symphony in Peru and a recital in Lima, Peru as part of the International Voice Competition of Trujillo Winner’s Concert Series. She sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Greenville Symphony and the Florida Bach Festival, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and Handel’s Messiah at the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Hacienda Heights, California.
In the 2006-2007 season Ms. Major was Mimi in La Boheme with the Forth Worth Opera, was the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana for her debut with the Delaware Symphony and also with the Colorado Music Festival, she sang Brahms’ Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Chorus in both Dallas and on tour in South America, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Winston-Salem Symphony, and performed in a Gala concert with Arizona MusicFest.
During the past several seasons, Ms. Major performed the role of an Accuser/Victim in the world Premier of Bright Sheng’s Madam Mao at the Santa Fe Opera, Mimi in La Boheme Knoxville Opera, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Coeur D'Alene, and Violetta in La Traviata with Rimrock Opera in Billings, Montana and at the Nevada Opera. Additional performances include Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Amarillo Opera as well as covering for the Santa Fe Opera. Additional roles in her repertoire include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Highlights of her recent concert calendar include Carmina Burana with the Phoenix Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem with the University of Alaska, and Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Midsummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco, under the baton of Maestro George Cleve. She has also performed with the National Philharmonic and at Duke University.
From 1998-2000 Ms. Major was on Opera San Jose’s resident principal artist roster, the youngest singer ever selected for the program at that time. She made her professional debut there in the role of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and shortly thereafter, sang the roles of Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Hanna Glawari in Die Lusitge Witwe. In 1999, she returned as a resident artist to sing the roles of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and later performed there as Micaela in Carmen and Violetta in La Traviata. Ms. Major has also participated in the young artist programs at the Santa Fe Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. She was a finalist in the Sarah Tucker Grant Awards in 2002 and a national finalist in the Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition in 2003. A Dallas Opera Guild Winner in 2005, she continued in 2006 as a Grand Finalist in the Jensen Foundation voice competition.