Praised by the Leipziger Volkszeitung for her lush sound and powerful expression as Mimi, soprano Christine Moore Vassallo is a versatile performer with equal authority in opera, recital, and contemporary music.
A native of California, USA, she counts among her many roles Mimi in La Bohème, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaela in Carmen, the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Aida, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Leonora in Il Trovatore (described as “velvety and luscious” by SongWordSight Magazine), with such companies as the Leipzig Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Institute, Utopia Opera, Create Opera, the Aldeburgh Summer Festival, Sacramento Opera, Amato Opera and Lyric Artists of New York. She was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and First Prize winner of the Sacramento Opera Competition. Oratorio performances include Barber’s Knoxville-Summer of 1915, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Verdi Requiem with the New York Choral Society and most recently with Orchestra Amadeus.
In 2013 Christine made her Italian debut at the Narnia Music Festival celebrating the 200th birthday of Verdi. She speaks five languages and sings in ten, and has given numerous solo recitals featuring works of all genres of repertoire and languages, including in Granada and Madrid with Festival de Canción Española, Trinity Concert Series in New York, the Library at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Old Stone House. She made her UK debut in 2005 at the Paxton Chamber Music Festival in Scotland with Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (praised by the Glasgow Herald) and has premiered many new works by living composers, including Andrew Rudin’s Masha’s Arias, Richard Thompson’s song cycle The Shadow of Dawn and the NYC premiere of his opera The Mask in the Mirror, the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Tahwidah, and works by Michael Rose, Kareem Roustom, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Steve Gerber and Zaid Jabri with the Brooklyn New Music Collective. Recordings include Christine Moore – Arias with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Musical Concepts, 2006) and the soon-to-be-released From Al Andalus to the Americas–An Odyssey of Spanish Song (Meridian Records, UK).
Recent performances include the title role in Verdi’s Aida with Lyric Artists of New York to benefit MSF/Doctors without Borders and the SAMS Foundation. Future performances include Tosca with Lyric Artists of New York in 2018 and a recital tour promoting her above-mentioned recording of Spanish song.
As a teacher, Christine has over 19 years of experience in the private realm and was a faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for 14 years, where she taught individual voice as well as a Vocal Performance course. She is former faculty of Alaria Chamber Music at Mannes College of Music Extension Division where she coached singers and instrumentalists in vocal chamber music. Since 2015 she has been on the faculty of Associazione Lirico Musicale Clodiense’s summer vocal program at Festival Musica in Laguna d’Arte in Chioggia, Italy, where she teaches a bel canto and musical theater course and prepares students for multiple performances. Prior to that, she was a faculty at the Narnia Arts Academy in Narni, Italy where she taught a singing course and prepared students for recital. She is an adjunct teacher at the Music Partners program at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music where she teaches group singing onsite at underrepresented New York City schools. In 2016 she co-founded Lyric Artists of New York, a singing collective which provides opportunities to singers young and old to perform in opera and recitals in concert halls as well as in New York City schools, cultural and senior centers.