Rising star, dramatic coloratura soprano Christina Major, has already established herself for her sumptuous and agile "Italianate sound" that brings back memories of the earlier greats. She was hailed in Opera News as being a "sensitive actress" who "brought about the highest emotional stakes of the evening." San Francisco Chronicle's Joshua Kosman recently hailed her for her performances as Lucrezia in I Due Foscari with "expressive
verve and technical command" and "Again and again she unleashed powerful, perfectly placed high notes and athletic passage work that underscored the vitality of the vocal writing. She brought beauty and pathos to Lucrezia’s Act 1 aria “Tu al cui sguardo omnipossente” and railed against her father-in-law with Unbridled ferocity that never wavered in pitch or rhythm.” San Jose Mercury news called her “probably the best Lucrezia anywhere today." She was also recently called an "exhilarating force and dominates the stage when she sings."
The 2017-18 season brought Ms. Major a high anticipated international debut at the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the role of Norma under the baton of Maestro Renato Palumbo with great success. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Mid America Productions as the soprano soloist for Haydn's Missa Cellensis and Vivaldi's Gloria. She also returned to the Greenville Symphony in Verdi's Messa da Requiem. Ms. Major returned to the operatic stage making her debut in the role of Norma with West Bay Opera in San Francisco.
2019-2020 engagements include performing Mahler No. 2 Resurrection Symphony under the baton of Maestro Enrique Diemecke with the Flint Symphony. She makes another role debut singing Lucrezia in Verdi's rarely performed I Due Foscari with West Bay Opera. She will return to the Greenville Symphony performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and will perform Mozart concert arias with the Midsummer Mozart Festival.
In 2016 she returned to the Arizona MusicFest singing the final scene in Salome and Carmina Burana and sang Beethoven’s Ninth the Winston-Salem Symphony both under the baton of Robert Moody.
Events during the 2013-2014 season included engagements to the Greenville Symphony as well as Symphony Silicon Valley, Stockton Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony to perform works of Poulenc, Verdi and Mascagni as well as the Verdi Requiem and Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem.
July of 2012 saw her return to the prestigious Midsummer Mozart Festival where she performed the Soprano I Solos in the Mozart C Minor Mass. She debuted at the Weill Concert Hall of the Green Music Center with the Santa Rosa Symphony in December where she performed Verdi Operatic pieces to glowing reviews.
In 2011 Ms. Major joined Arizona Music Festival to sing Beethoven's Ninth, followed by her first performances of the role of Elettra in Opera San Jose/ Packard Humanities lavish production of Mozart's Idomeneo. She performed with West Bay Opera in the role of Donna Anna followed by her debut with Symphony Silicon Valley in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Returns to Greenville Symphony and Winston-Salem symphony 2010 brought Ms. Major to her debut performances in Verdi's Messa da Requiem at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX as well as being selected as a Grant winner in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. She was presented in Concert in New York City with her fellow winners in December 2010.
In 2009 she was a prize winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundatation Vocal competition as well as the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition. She was presented by the Gerda Lissner Foundation at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in May. She encored with Tucson Symphony in performances of Handel's Messiah. She sang the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Coeur D'Alene, Konstanze in Die Entfurung aus dem Serail with the Midsummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco and concert performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Tucson Symphony. Ms. Major made guest appearances in concerts for Lake George Opera and the Annual "Comfort Ye" Benefit in New York City with Lauren Flanigan and other acclaimed colleagues.
During the 2008 season, Ms. Major was seen on the stage at Opera Coeur D'Alene as well as a December Messiah and January Exultate Jubilate with the Tucson Symphony. Additional performances included concerts with the Trujillo Symphony in Peru and a recital in Lima, Peru as part of the International Voice Competition of Trujillo Winner’s Concert Series. She sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Greenville Symphony.
In the 2006-2007 season Ms. Major was Mimi in La Boheme with the Forth Worth Opera, was the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana for her debut with the Delaware Symphony and also with the Colorado Music Festival, she sang Brahms’ Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Chorus in both Dallas and on tour in South America, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Winston-Salem Symphony, and performed in a Gala concert with Arizona MusicFest.
During the past several seasons, Ms. Major was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe opera performing and covering roles in her two seasons there. She has performed with Knoxville Opera , Opera Coeur D'Alene, Rimrock Opera in Montana and at the Nevada Opera. Highlights of her concert performances include the Phoenix Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony, AK, and the prestigious Midsummer Mozart Festival in San Francisco, under the baton of Maestro George Cleve. She has also performed with the National Philharmonic and with Duke University Chorale.
"Again and again she unleashed powerful, perfectly placed high notes and athletic passagework that underscored the vitality of the vocal writing. ..Unbridled ferocity that never wavered in pitch or rhythm.”
San Francisco Chronicle