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Christina English mezzo-soprano Ars Magna Studio

Noted for her “rich and mellifluous” voice (Opera News) and "striking" presence (The Arts Fuse), mezzo-soprano Christina English brings musical sensitivity and dramatic commitment to a versatile array of concert, opera, and musical theater stages. Her 2023-24 appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the ensemble of Boston Baroque; soloist in A Heavenly Baroque Christmas with Musicians of the Old Post Road; soloist in Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël and Il Pastor Fido with Arcadia Players; and soloist in Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Back Bay Chorale.

 

She is a long-time member of the Boston Baroque chorus and a founding core member of Lorelei Ensemble. Highlights with Lorelei include Julia Wolfe’s Her Story with the Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and San Francisco Symphonies; the premiere of choreographer Nanine Linning’s La Mer with Boston Ballet; collaborations with GRAMMY-nominated ensembles Cantus and A Far Cry; and appearances at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.

 

Favorite opera and musical theater roles include the Pilot in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince with NEMPAC Opera Project; the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha with New Repertory Theater; Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest with Odyssey Opera; and the nursing sister in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other theatre and opera appearances include Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Guerilla Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Midsummer Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Intermezzo Opera.

 

On the concert stage, she has been a soloist with Newburyport Choral Society, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic & Providence Singers, Cambridge Community Chorus, Resonance Works, and Choral Art Society; and has collaborated on chamber music performances with Sheffield Chamber Players, Arneis Quartet, Alea III, Boston New Music Initiative, and Mimesis Ensemble.

As both a performer and an arts administrator, Christina believes that music is a powerful catalyst for community and connection. Offstage, she is Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber Players, an ensemble founded on the belief that experiencing chamber music in the intimate settings for which it was written profoundly changes the way listeners respond to music, and to each other. She is also a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists who donate a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about. She supports the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Environmental Defense Fund through her performances.

  • Odyssey Opera | Argento's "The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe"
    Odyssey Opera | Argento's "The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe"
    Fri, Apr 05
    The Huntington Theatre
    Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – Apr 06, 2024, 10:30 PM
    The Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – Apr 06, 2024, 10:30 PM
    The Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Mrs. Allan
  • Arcadia Players | ​"Il Pastor Fido" (The Faithful Shepherd)
    Arcadia Players | ​"Il Pastor Fido" (The Faithful Shepherd)
    Sun, Apr 14
    Bombyx Center, Florence, MA
    Apr 14, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Bombyx Center, Florence, MA, 130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062, USA
    Apr 14, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Bombyx Center, Florence, MA, 130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062, USA
    Featured soloist
  • Boston Baroque | Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
    Boston Baroque | Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, Apr 25
    The Huntington Theatre
    Apr 25, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:50 PM
    The Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Apr 25, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:50 PM
    The Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  • The Boston Cecilia | Mozart Requiem
    The Boston Cecilia | Mozart Requiem
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, May 04
    Middlesex Community College
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Middlesex Community College, 240 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852, USA
    May 04, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Middlesex Community College, 240 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852, USA
    Alto soloist
  • Back Bay Chorale | Fragile Freedoms
    Back Bay Chorale | Fragile Freedoms
    Fri, May 10
    Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA
    May 10, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    May 10, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Sanders Theater, Cambridge, MA, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Soloist, Haydn's "Missa in Angustiis"
  • Cincinnati May Festival: Lorelei Ensemble - Julia Wolfe's "Her Story"
    Cincinnati May Festival: Lorelei Ensemble - Julia Wolfe's "Her Story"
    Sat, May 25
    Cincinnati
    May 25, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Cincinnati, 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
    May 25, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Cincinnati, 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

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