Christina Raphaëlle Haldane
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, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Capella Cracoviensis. Christina is also a dedicated interpreter of song repertoire, regularly performing on the recital platform in both the UK and Canada. Highlights from the 2016/ 2017 season 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 in Toronto in Nov 2017, performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert. Christina’s 2018 begins with exciting plans for her debut album to be released in the spring of 2019 ‘Let me Explain’ a collection of Canadian arts songs. This project received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts through a ‘concept to realization’ grant, and she is grateful for their support.
Christina is a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She is ABD and due to complete her dissertation, ‘Segmentation Models for Arts Public Relations: Finding an Audience for Opera’ in May, 2019. Christina is an active teacher of singing, and is in demand in studio, masterclass and workshop settings. She is the newly appointed Vocal Development Coordinator for the VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, an organization with four youth choirs, a community choir, and ‘Everyone Can Sing’, a choir for young singers with disabilities. Christina’s activities with VIVA! include coordinating the studio voice teachers on the team, providing private coaching sessions for the singers in the choirs, teaching professional development within the organization, and leading outreach initiatives for young singers of transgender voice.