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Christina Pier

Christina Pier


Soprano

American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura,” and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Her 2018-19 season highlights include a performance of Carmen co-produced Opera Carolina and the Toledo Opera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony.

In the 2017-18 season Christina Pier was a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and performed Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacemwith Back Bay Chorale, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) and Richard Strauss’ Trio from Der Rosenkavalier in a return to the Winston-Salem Symphony. Other recent engagements include a soloist role in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, a concert of Mozart arias with the Tallahassee Symphony, and the role of Donna Anna in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Kalamazoo Symphony.

A Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, opera highlights for Ms. Pier include the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, and Eugene Opera; Micaëla in Carmen and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Florida Grand Opera; the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Eugene Opera; and Micaëla in Carmen with the Princeton Festival.

On concert stages, her appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Symphony; Handel’s Messiahwith the Indianapolis and Winston-Salem Symphonies; Verdi’s Requiem with the Charlottesville Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Colorado Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony and Eugene Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and selections from Beethoven’s Leonore with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Alabama Symphony; and Ravel’s Shéhérazadewith the Hartford Symphony. She has also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Roberto Abbado, given recitals under the auspices of the George London Foundation, and concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Italy and at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York. She appears as a soloist on a recording of Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, with David Hill and the BBC Singers on the Naxos label.

Ms. Pier is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the George London Foundation Award, Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, two Charles A. Lynam Awards, and two Palm Beach Opera Competition Awards. Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Ms. Pier received a BM and MM in voice at Indiana University where she studied with Virginia Zeani. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Catawba College, and a Guest Lecturer at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Virginia Opera mounts a high-flying ‘Dutchman’

“She was a pleasure to listen to all evening, in all registers.”

– Robert Battey, The Washington PostRelated Link

Opera review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’

“Christina Pier, Friday evening’s vocal standout with a pure, rich soprano that would overflow a hall twice the size of the Carpenter Theatre.”

– Roy Proctor, The Richmond Times-DispatchRelated Link

Review: Virginia Opera’s “The Flying Dutchman” delivers plenty for the devoted Wagner fan

“First among equals was soprano Christina Pier as Senta, the obsessed young woman who sacrifices herself for the Dutchman’s redemption. Pier has a large voice that maintains its richness throughout its range. Wagner asks his soprano for many high notes, as well as soft singing in the great duet with the Dutchman, and Pier delivered her music with unflagging beauty and security. After a night of strenuous singing, she was still able to deliver Senta’s lines with the excitement needed to bring the opera to a satisfying conclusion.”

– Paul Sayegh, The Virginian-PilotRelated Link

Virginia Opera’s ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ is strong and ambitious, if not world-class

“Christina Pier, in the title role, was vocally firm, rich throughout her range — a true Strauss soprano.”

– Robert Battey, The Washington PostRelated Link

Orchestral

  • Bach
    Cantatas
    Christmas Oratorio
    Easter Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Barber
    Knoxville: Summer 1915
    Prayers of Kierkegaard

    Beethoven
    Egmont (incidental music), Op. 84
    Mass in C-Major
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Berlioz
    Les nuits d’été (high key)

    Bernstein
    Symphony NO. 3 “Kaddish”

    Brahms
    Ein deutsches Requiem

    Britten (Remove?)
    War Requiem

    Bruckner
    Psalm 150
    Te Deum

    Canteloube
    Songs of the Auvergne

    Dvorák
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater
    Te Deum

    Fauré
    Requiem

     Finzi
    In terra pax

    Golijov
    Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

    Gounod
    Messe solennelle à Sainte Cécile

    Grieg
    Peer Gynt

    Handel
    Messiah
    Solomon

    Haydn
    Creation
    Harmoniemesse
    Paukenmesse
    The Seasons

    Hailstork
    The World Called

    Honneger
    Le Roi David

    Janácek
    Glagolitic Mass

    Kodaly
    Te Deum

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 2 – “Resurrection”
    Symphony No. 4

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah
    Symphony No. 2 – “Lobgesang”

    Messiaen
    Poèmes pour Mi

    Mozart
    Concert Arias

    Coronation Mass
    Exultate, Jubilate

    Great Mass in C-minor
    Requiem
    Vesperae de Dominica
    Vesperae solennes de confessore

    Pergolesi
    Stabat Mater

    Poulenc
    Gloria
    Stabat Mater

    Ravel
    Shéhérazade

    Rutter
    Magnificat
    Requiem

    Saint-Saëns
    Oratorio de Noël

    Schubert
    Der Hirf auf dem Felsen

    Schumann
    Scenes from Goethe’s Faust (Gretchen)

    R. Strauss
    Four Last Songs
    Orchestral Songs

    Stravinski
    Pulcinella

    Vaughan Williams
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Pastoral Symphony
    Serenade to Music

    Verdi 
    Requiem

    Villa Lobos
    Bachianas brasileiras No. 5

    Vivaldi
    Gloria

    Wagner
    Wesendonck Lieder

Opera

  • Bizet
    Carmen (Micaëla)

    Britten
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
    Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
    The Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus)
    The Turn of the Screw (Governess)

    Dvorak
    Rusalka (Rusalka)

    Floyd
    Cold Sassy Tree (Love Simpson)

    Gluck
    Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigénie)

    Gounod
    Faust (Marguerite)

    Janácek
    Jenufa (Jenufa)

    Monteverdi
    L’Orfeo (Proserpina)

    Mozart
    La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia)
    Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
    Don Giovanni (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira)
    Idomeneo (Elettra)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess)
    Die Zauberflöte (Pamina, First Lady)

    Offenbach
    Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia)

    Poulenc
    Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame Lidoine)

    Purcell
    Dido and Aeneas (Dido)

    R. Strauss
    Arabella (Arabella)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne)
    Elektra (Maidservants)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Tatiana)

    Verdi
    Otello (Desdemona)

    Wagner
    Der Fliegende Holländer (Senta)
    Lohengrin (Elsa)
    Die Meisgersinger von Nürnberg (Eva)
    Das Rheingold (Freia)
    Tannhäuser (Elisabeth)

    Weber
    Der Freischütz (Agathe)

Orchestral

  • Bach
    Cantatas
    Christmas Oratorio
    Easter Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Barber
    Knoxville: Summer 1915
    Prayers of Kierkegaard

    Beethoven
    Egmont (incidental music), Op. 84
    Mass in C-Major
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9

    Berlioz
    Les nuits d’été (high key)

    Bernstein
    Symphony NO. 3 “Kaddish”

    Brahms
    Ein deutsches Requiem

    Britten (Remove?)
    War Requiem

    Bruckner
    Psalm 150
    Te Deum

    Canteloube
    Songs of the Auvergne

    Dvorák
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater
    Te Deum

    Fauré
    Requiem

     Finzi
    In terra pax

    Golijov
    Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra

    Gounod
    Messe solennelle à Sainte Cécile

    Grieg
    Peer Gynt

    Handel
    Messiah
    Solomon

    Haydn
    Creation
    Harmoniemesse
    Paukenmesse
    The Seasons

    Hailstork
    The World Called

    Honneger
    Le Roi David

    Janácek
    Glagolitic Mass

    Kodaly
    Te Deum

    Mahler
    Symphony No. 2 – “Resurrection”
    Symphony No. 4

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah
    Symphony No. 2 – “Lobgesang”

    Messiaen
    Poèmes pour Mi

    Mozart
    Concert Arias

    Coronation Mass
    Exultate, Jubilate

    Great Mass in C-minor
    Requiem
    Vesperae de Dominica
    Vesperae solennes de confessore

    Pergolesi
    Stabat Mater

    Poulenc
    Gloria
    Stabat Mater

    Ravel
    Shéhérazade

    Rutter
    Magnificat
    Requiem

    Saint-Saëns
    Oratorio de Noël

    Schubert
    Der Hirf auf dem Felsen

    Schumann
    Scenes from Goethe’s Faust (Gretchen)

    R. Strauss
    Four Last Songs
    Orchestral Songs

    Stravinski
    Pulcinella

    Vaughan Williams
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Pastoral Symphony
    Serenade to Music

    Verdi 
    Requiem

    Villa Lobos
    Bachianas brasileiras No. 5

    Vivaldi
    Gloria

    Wagner
    Wesendonck Lieder

Opera

  • Bizet
    Carmen (Micaëla)

    Britten
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
    Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
    The Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus)
    The Turn of the Screw (Governess)

    Dvorak
    Rusalka (Rusalka)

    Floyd
    Cold Sassy Tree (Love Simpson)

    Gluck
    Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigénie)

    Gounod
    Faust (Marguerite)

    Janácek
    Jenufa (Jenufa)

    Monteverdi
    L’Orfeo (Proserpina)

    Mozart
    La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia)
    Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
    Don Giovanni (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira)
    Idomeneo (Elettra)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess)
    Die Zauberflöte (Pamina, First Lady)

    Offenbach
    Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia)

    Poulenc
    Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame Lidoine)

    Purcell
    Dido and Aeneas (Dido)

    R. Strauss
    Arabella (Arabella)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne)
    Elektra (Maidservants)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Tatiana)

    Verdi
    Otello (Desdemona)

    Wagner
    Der Fliegende Holländer (Senta)
    Lohengrin (Elsa)
    Die Meisgersinger von Nürnberg (Eva)
    Das Rheingold (Freia)
    Tannhäuser (Elisabeth)

    Weber
    Der Freischütz (Agathe)

Audio

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos – Es Gibt Ein Reich

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro – Dove Sono

Dvorak: Rusalka – Song to the Moon

Handel: Messiah – But Thou Did’st Not Leave

Poulenc: Violon

Documents

Short Biography

American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura,” and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Her 2018-19 season highlights include a performance of Carmen co-produced Opera Carolina and the Toledo Opera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony. In the 2017-18 season Christina Pier was a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and performed Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with Back Bay Chorale, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) and Richard Strauss’ Trio from Der Rosenkavalier in a return to the Winston-Salem Symphony. She has also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Roberto Abbado, and recitals under the auspices of the George London Foundation. She appears as a soloist on a recording of Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, with David Hill and the BBC Singers on the Naxos label.

Full Biography

American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura,” and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. Her 2018-19 season highlights include a performance of Carmen co-produced Opera Carolina and the Toledo Opera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony.

In the 2017-18 season Christina Pier was a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and performed Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacemwith Back Bay Chorale, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) and Richard Strauss’ Trio from Der Rosenkavalier in a return to the Winston-Salem Symphony. Other recent engagements include a soloist role in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, a concert of Mozart arias with the Tallahassee Symphony, and the role of Donna Anna in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Kalamazoo Symphony.

A Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, opera highlights for Ms. Pier include the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, and Eugene Opera; Micaëla in Carmen and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Florida Grand Opera; the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Minnesota Opera; Marguerite in Faust with Eugene Opera; and Micaëla in Carmen with the Princeton Festival.

On concert stages, her appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the North Carolina Symphony and Rochester Symphony; Handel’s Messiahwith the Indianapolis and Winston-Salem Symphonies; Verdi’s Requiem with the Charlottesville Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Colorado Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony and Eugene Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and selections from Beethoven’s Leonore with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Alabama Symphony; and Ravel’s Shéhérazadewith the Hartford Symphony. She has also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Roberto Abbado, given recitals under the auspices of the George London Foundation, and concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Italy and at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York. She appears as a soloist on a recording of Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, with David Hill and the BBC Singers on the Naxos label.

Ms. Pier is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the George London Foundation Award, Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, two Charles A. Lynam Awards, and two Palm Beach Opera Competition Awards. Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Ms. Pier received a BM and MM in voice at Indiana University where she studied with Virginia Zeani. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Catawba College, and a Guest Lecturer at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.