Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, NB. She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton, in the UK. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, and is also a dedicated interpreter of song and chamber repertoire. Recent highlights include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and also covering the role of Sifare in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Mitridate, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina made her critically acclaimed Canadian operatic debut performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert. In addition to recital and concert performances, her 2019/20 season featured some exciting recording projects of new works. She released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Let Me Explain’ a collection of Canadian art songs, with Redshift records. Christina was also the lead artist for ICARE, an interdisciplinary digital performance product produced through the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Innovation initiative, in partnership with CBC/ Radio Canada.
Christina is looking forward to some exciting creative activities and collaborations in 2021. Due to generous funding from Music NB, she will be releasing her first music video and expanding her digital presence. Her artistic partnership with her cousin, interdisciplinary artist Carl Philippe Gionet, continues to flourish. Together, they will be curating and workshopping his reimaginings of Acadian folksongs, which will culminate in a new edition of the arrangements. This project is generously funded by Arts NB. Live performances include a recital for the Scotia Festival, Shoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and an appearance as soloist with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra.
In September 2015, Christina commenced a DMA in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards and completed her studies in the summer of 2019. Christina has an international profile as a vocal educator, having managed voice studios in London, UK and Toronto, Canada. She is on the voice faculty at two masterclass programs, BIIMA – Breno Italy International Music Academy and Musique sur mer en Acadie, NB, and is head of the Atlantic region of COSA Canada. In 2019 she joined the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts.