Christine Graham

Biography

A seamless union of precise musicality and authentic character portrayal is what makes coloratura soprano Christine Graham a sought-after talent for works of the 20th and 21st century, as well as a versatile performer on the classical operatic stage. She made her debut at the Oper Frankfurt in Helmut Lachenmann’s avant-garde opera Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (Little Matchstick Girl) in September 2015. Recently she sang Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress in conjunction with the renowned Mozart Festival in Würzburg.

A fearless actress, Graham impressed audiences with her shocking portrayal of Axinja in Shostakovich’s Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District at the Staatsoper in Hannover, and became one of a handful of people in the world to play Sierva Maria in Peter Eötvös’ operatic adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love and Other Demons at Stadttheater Bremerhaven.

She took part in the KlangZeit New Music Festival in Münster as a featured soloist in Alberto Ginastera’s Cantata para América Mágica for soprano and percussion, and the experimental music theater project Timeshift, both under the baton of Susanne Blumenthal. For her embodiment of Peter Maxwell Davies’ dramatically complex role Miss Donnithorne (Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot) at Theater Mönchengladbach she received the title of “Best Up and Coming Singer” from Deutschland Funk.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Christine Graham began her career in the Opera Studio at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and went on to make guest appearances in Nordhausen, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Hagen and Ulm, among others. She has worked with prominent conductors such as Jonathan Darlington, John Fiore, Florian Ludwig, Marcus Bosch and Karen Kamensek, and in the productions of renowned directors Robert Lehmeier, Waltraud Lehner, Roman Hovenbitzer, Frank Hilbrich, Andzrej Woron and Christof Loy.

Described as “venturing flawlessly to courageous heights” she has sung numerous roles of the coloratura repertoire, including Mozart’s Queen of the Night with the Kammeroper Frankfurt, and Richard Strauss’ Zerbinetta at Landestheater Coburg for which she received national acclaim. Even in competitions, her stage presence has not gone unnoticed, winning an Audience Favorite Prize in the Robert Stolz Operetta competition in Hamburg. She was also a finalist in the National Mozart Competition in Liverpool and a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in New York.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED/PREPARED
Composer Role Work
Beethoven Marzelline Fidelio
Berg Lulu Lulu
Bizet Frasquita Carmen
Britten Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring
Donizetti Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti Prima Donna Viva la Mamma
Eötvös Sierva Maria Love and Other Demons
Humperdinck Gretel, Dew Fairy, Sandman Hansel und Gretel
Janacek Karolka Jenufa
Lachenmann Soprano I Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern
Léhar Valencienne Die lustige Witwe
Lortzing Baronin Freimann Der Wildschütz
Maxwell Davies Miss Donnithorne Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
Mozart Konstanze, Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart Königin der Nacht, Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Nicolai Frau Fluth Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Offenbach Olympia Les contes d’Hoffmann
Rossini Berta Il barbiere di Siviglia
Shostakovich Axinja Lady MacBeth of Mtensk
Smetana Esmeralda The Bartered Bride
J. Strauss II Adele Die Fledermaus
R. Strauss Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos
Stravinsky Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress
Verdi Oscar Un ballo in maschera
Verdi Gilda Rigoletto
Verdi Violetta La traviata
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Role Work
Bach Soprano Soloist Mass in B minor
Bach Soprano Soloist St. John Passion
Bach Soprano Soloist Various Cantatas
Ginastera Soprano Soloist Cantata Para América Mágica
Handel Soprano Soloist The Messiah
Mozart Soprano Soloist Exsultate, Jubilate
Mozart Soprano I Mass in C minor
Mozart Soprano Soloist Requiem
Orff Soprano Soloist Carmina Burana
Rossini Soprano Soloist Petite Messe Solonelle
Saint-Saëns Soprano Soloist Christmas Oratorio
Vivaldi Soprano I Gloria

Media

In The Press

THE RAKE’S PROGRESS

“A very outstanding performance was offered up by the American soprano Christine Graham as Anne Trulove. In her role debut she excels confidently with her bright yet powerful voice, clear in the high notes, traversing the cliffs of the part with ease.” – Opernnetz




LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS


“Christine Graham mastered the wildly difficult coloratura and the tricky interval jumps confidently and constructed the role with great expressiveness.” – 

Nordseezeitung

“The young American Christine Graham sang the instrumental coloratura passages, which lead to insane heights, with a natural ease which never ceased to amaze…” – Weserkurier

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE


“Between friendly waving Queen (of England) and ruthless mother, Christine Graham played and sang the two famous coloratura arias with bravura.” – 

Hanauer Anzeiger


“Vocally, the soprano stands out of the ensemble, viably voluminous, secure in the coloratura, with clear articulation.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS


“Zerbinetta, the excellent Christine Graham, attains a pathos that even puts Ariadne in her place.” – 

Opernwelt

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR

“All around, the singer ensemble made a very good impression, above all Frau Fluth, sung by Christine Graham. Her agile and precisely tuned soprano goes hand in hand with her nimble physicality.” – Frankfurter Rundschau




RIGOLETTO

“The audience was warmed by the singers, above all Christine Graham, 
whose fine soprano voice ventured flawlessly to courageous heights.” – Frankfurter Rundschau 



”Gilda is portrayed as purest innocence, in a white dress as obedient daughter, as Christine Graham with purity of tone and secure high notes makes clear.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

MISS DONNITHORNE’S MAGGOT

“Christine Graham (Miss Donnithorne) is brilliant, carrying the burden of this very challenging role.” – 

Westdeutsche Zeitung

“Christine Graham maneuvers virtuosically through the difficult vocal part. Highest cries of yearning, soulful cooing and belling desperation bring the voice to the boundaries of the singable.” – Rheinische Post

CANTATA PARA AMÉRICA MÁGICA

“The formidable soprano Christine Graham ensured fiery explosiveness. Deeply moving…” – 

Klangzeit

ST. JOHN PASSION


“Christine Graham provided a highlight with the, in the emphatic sense, pure interpretation of the aria “Zerfließe, mein Herze.” – 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung