New York-based soprano Christina Kay is a versatile singer whose sharp ear and intimate approach allow her to thrive in both solo and ensemble settings, from opera and art song, to early, contemporary, and folk music.
An avid concert soloist and professional chorister, highlights include appearances with the American Bach Soloists Academy, the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, the Chamber Choir at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Madison Choral Project, Present Music’s Hearing Voices, True Concord, and S.E.M. Ensemble. Her particular interest in Handel’s music led to placing 2nd at the Handel Aria Competition in 2016, and she is thrilled to make her Carnegie Hall debut singing the soprano solos in Messiah with Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in December 2019.
Outside of the traditional, Christina’s fascination with contemporary repertoire has afforded her unconventional opportunities. In 2019, she appeared as Morman actress-turned-porn-star Daphne Blueberry in the premiere performance of David Chesky’s satirical opera, La Farranucci. Also in 2019, she premiered the role of Turn in Cakewood Creative Arts’ folk musical Times: A Mythic Opera, and made her European debut performing John Cage’s Song Books and Julius Eastman’s Macle at New Opera Days Ostrava. In April 2018, she debuted with S.E.M. Ensemble singing the leading role in Petr Kotik’s chamber opera, Master-Pieces, for which she was praised as portraying a “vital, intelligent, generous and deeply rewarding” Gertrude Stein (Theater Scene). The show’s success led to a subsequent performance at the Ostrava in Prague Festival in November 2018.
Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Christina studied at Gettysburg College/Sunderman Conservatory and University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she learned to love, among other things, donuts and fried cheese curds. In addition to freelancing as a singer, Christina enjoys working part-time as a voice instructor at Highbridge Voices in the Bronx, and as Music Administrator at the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine. www.christinakaysoprano.com