Christina J. Swanson, Voice Teacher
Mezzo-Soprano Christina Swanson is a singer, actor, and performance artist based in New York City. Swanson received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in 2016, where she studied under tenor Scott Piper. While at the university, Swanson was lauded for her expressive interpretation of French repertoire, and received an award for her English translation of the Lully/Quinault opera, Proserpine.
A diverse performer, Swanson embraces her artistry in the arenas of opera, theater, and performance art. Recent performance credits include L’Enfant et les sortilèges (Princess, Owl), Anna Gomez, in The Consul (Opera MODO), Venus in Orphée aux Enfers (Opera MODO), and Satirino in La Calisto and Rose (cover) in The Little Prince with Red River Lyric Opera Festival. Chorus work includes Turandot and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
An avid creator of new and cross-genre pieces, Swanson’s original performance art has been seen in the Detroit Fringe Forward Festival, Pittsburgh Fringe and Montreal Fringe Festivals, in addition to a work-in-progress festival, WIPFest, that she co-founded. The piece, “Absence,” was highly acclaimed in both Pittsburgh and Montreal. Her newer works have been workshopped in New York at Movement Research and Green Space. Swanson is a member of the band “The Strange” whose cabaret piece, “Voices of the Carousel” has been featured on WDET’s Essential Music and has been performed at Planet Ant Theater.
Upcoming operatic performances include the role Siebel in Faust with the newly formed Hudson River Opera Company, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn in the Patterson Premiere of, “The Silk City,” written by Franceso Santelli, with Garden State Opera*. In the summer, she will release co-direct a film version of “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” with a company she co-founded, Killer Queen Opera, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Arts Council.
In her own music and performance art, Swanson explores themes of physical identity through original movement and sound. She is trained in classical ballet, modern, and improvisational dance. Swanson also works as a private teacher.
*postponed due to COVID-19.