Mezzo-Soprano Christina Swanson is an emerging artist based in New York City. Swanson recently worked as a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. She covered the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Ma Moss in The Tenderland, as well as singing in the Ensemble of both The Tenderland and Carmen. In addition, she was featured as a soloist in Tabernacle concerts and cabarets hosted by the festival. A multi-talented performer, she also served as the Dance Captain for The Tenderland.
Recent performance credits include Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (NYU Opera Theater), Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffman (Hudson River Opera) Siebel in Faust (Hudson River Opera), Arnalta in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Killer Queen Opera), Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera MODO), and Satirino in La Calisto (Red River Lyric Opera Festival). Chorus work includes Turandot and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2023, she will make her debut with Lakeland Symphony in Lakeland, FLA, covering Lola and singing in the chorus of Cavalleria Rusticana. In March 2023, she will perform the role of Idamante in Idomeneo with NYU Opera Theater.
No stranger to sacred music and choral repertoire, Swanson has a wealth of experience as a staff choral singer with Christ Church Detroit and St. Mark's Episcopal in Mt. Kisco, NY. She was formerly the staff cantor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Yonkers, NY. This season, Swanson will join the roster of the New York Philharmonic Chorus.
Swanson recently won First Place in the 2022 NATS-NYC Competition, Adult Classical Division. She placed Second in the NATS-NYC Adult Musical Theater competition. Swanson was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Music International Grand Prix Competition, where she performed at Merkin Hall in NYC. She won Second Place in the 2021 NATS NYC competition.
Swanson received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied under tenor Scott Piper. She is currently a Masters candidate at New York University in Vocal Performance with an Advanced Pedagogy Certificate, where she is the recipient of a Music Talent Scholarship and works as an Adjunct Voice Instructor at NYU. She studies with Justin Moniz.