“Christina The, Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute .. great flexibility at great speed and a very high tessitura, soaring up to F6, was well handled by The, who poured much emotion into her performance.”
– Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition 2016, Critique’s Review.
Singapore-based light-lyric coloratura soprano Christina The, opened her 2020 season with an exciting start in January, in ‘CabaRed 2’ with the New Opera Singapore, a sold-out immersive concert of provocative cabaret inspired art songs.
A versatile artist, Christina is also a published author with her first humorous fiction ‘Diary of a Former Covidiot’, released internationally in July 2020.
Christina’s love for performing arts started off with classical ballet training since childhood, which she pursued until her high school years. After making her switch from finance into opera singing, Christina began her operatic career at the Singapore Lyric Opera as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, where she was privileged to work with acclaimed director Justin Way (currently associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera).
Her stage repertoire has since include Gretel in a New York Lyric Opera production of Hansel and Gretel; Sister Constance in New Opera Singapore’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Victoria Theatre for the opera’s national premiere in Singapore; a double role of Amore and Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea; the actress Poussette in Massenet’s Manon; the nymph Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos for its West Australian modern premiere; and the title role of the forever young fairy Iolanthe in Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s West Australian production of Iolanthe.
Notably in 2018, the year saw her performing in concerts at Carnegie Hall, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and her debut as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the National Opera Centre in New York.
A Master graduate and a Licentiate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, United Kingdom, Christina has undergone further artistic and technical training in the world’s leading music institutions famous for their rigorous and exacting demands, including at: the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy; the Academie de Musique Tibor Varga, Sion, Switzerland; and at Mirella Freni’s Centro Universale di Bel Canto, as well as intensive courses in Hamburg Conservatory and Royal College of Music.
She won top prizes at numerous international competitions such as Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition (Open Vocal, 2nd prize, 2016), IMKA Competition (Open Opera category, 1st Prize, 2018), Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso (Open Vocal, 1st Prize, 2018), American Protégé International Vocal Competition (Opera Aria, 2nd Prize, 2018), Golden Classical Music Awards (1st Prize, 2018). Christina also received an Honourable Mention at Berlin’s Rising Star Grand Prix (2019), and is a finalist of Osaka International Music Competition (2018).
Christina was the Artist-in-Residence of New Opera Singapore in 2017-2018.
In her birth country Indonesia, her previous music projects include a soundtrack recording with Warner Music Indonesia, collaborating with renowned Indonesian artist Melly Goeslaw on the motion picture HEART, on a song titled ‘Kehilangan’, and one of her live performance highlights was to sing for the President of Indonesia at the National Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta.
Her music mentor is Jolanta Nagajek, a Polish-Australian former principal mezzo-soprano of Opera Australia with an illustrious career spanning over 20 years. Christina attributes her Queen of the Night to Jolanta’s guidance.
In June 2020 Christina will be performing with L’Arietta Singapore in “All Dressed Up (No Place to Go)”, an original operatic work by American composer Michael Ching. It is a prequel to his popular contemporary opera “Speed Dating Tonight”, composed specifically for the digital medium.
Christina looks forward to continuing her pursuit of delivering high calibre performances to audiences in the region and beyond.
(Bio as at June 2020)