Christina Raphaëlle Haldane
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Region: New Brunswick
Genre: Acadien, Classical, Jazz

CHRISTINA’s career spans the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, and she is currently based in Canada’s Atlantic provinces. She has interpreted many lead opera roles, having performed for opera houses such as The Finnish National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong. Her specialism is performing HANDEL’S HEROINES, COMEDIC BEL CANTO roles and CONTEMPORARY opera. Christina enjoys performing and curating RECITAL and CHAMBER MUSIC concerts, and she is often invited to perform with LEADING ORCHESTRAS. Her exploration of contemporary music has led to many collaborations with composers, and she continues to bring their VOCAL WORKS TO LIFE. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian.

Christina enjoyed some exciting creative activities and collaborations in the 2021/ 22 season. Her artistic partnership with her cousin, interdisciplinary artist Carl Philippe Gionet, continues to flourish. Together, they will be curating and workshopping his reimaginings of TWELVE ACADIAN FOLKSONGS, which will culminate in a new vocal edition and recording of the arrangements, released by Leaf Music. This project is generously funded by ARTS NB, MUSIC NB, CCA and SSHRC. Christina is also thrilled to have been selected as one of the season’s ‘EXPORT NB’ artists, a prestigious career development initiative with MUSIC NB, in her home province of New Brunswick. Back on the operatic stage, she also created the role of Helen to critical acclaim, in the premiere performance of Michael Rose’s musical opera A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM, for Toronto Operetta Theatre.

Recently Christina has begun delving into the world of recording. In 2019 she released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘… LET ME EXPLAIN’ a collection of Canadian art songs which explores folk, jazz and avant-garde styles, and in 2020 she was the lead artist for ICARE, an interdisciplinary digital performance product produced through the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Innovation initiative, in partnership with CBC/ Radio Canada.

Highlights from Christina’s operatic career in the bel canto and music of Handel feature the title role in Donizetti’s LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Swansea City Opera & Musica Viva Hong Kong), Clorinda in Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA (Iford Arts & Scottish Opera), Adina in Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Musica Viva Hong Kong), Cleopatra in GIULIO CESARE (Finnish National Opera) and the title role in RODELINDA (Opera in Concert Toronto).

Christina has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Royal Opera Covent Garden. She performed the London premiere of Jonathan Dove’s MINTERNE in the Crush Room recital space and the role of Rapunzel in their production of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS. As a cover artist for the Royal Opera, Christina has been engaged as Fiorilla in Rossini’s IL TURCO IN ITALIA, Sifare in Mozart’s MITRIDATE, Nella in Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI and Silvia in Thomas Adès’ bold opera THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (also for the Salzburg Festival). Christina’s performance of Silvia’s aria was streamed to over 50 000 viewers in the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE INSIGHTS special on Adès’ exciting new opera.

Christina continues to combine performing with her love of teaching. She was on the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts from 2019, and joins the team at Mount Allison’s Department of Music in July, 2022. Home for Christina is in Moncton, where she lives with her partner Patrice and their two diva dog Pomerians, Wally and Sissi.

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