Christina Swanson, Soprano
Soprano Christina Swanson is a singer, actor, and performance artist based in Brooklyn. 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) and Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Quartet Soprano, Gendarme) with Opera MODO, the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Thistle Rose Arts Academy, and the professional chorus of Turandot with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Her original performance art has been seen in the Detroit Fringe Forward Festival, WIP Fest, and will be seen internationally this season. She 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 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. This season Swanson appeared once again with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the chorus of Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” Her performance art took her to the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in April, and to the Montreal Fringe Festival in June, where her international premiere was highly acclaimed. Additionally, she looks forward to performing Absence with Movement Research in New York City in October.
In her own music and performance art, Swanson explores themes of physical identity through original movement and sound. Swanson also works as a private teacher and is a staff singer at Christ Church Detroit.