Hailed for her “fleet vocal technique” and “resonant, smoky mezzo”, Mezzo-soprano Christina Pezzarossi is quickly gaining recognition as a distinguished and versatile young artist in the world of opera. Originally from Miles City, Montana, she received her Master’s degree from the The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
For the 2018/2019 season, Christina joined Pensacola Opera as a Resident Artist, touring with their outreach program as The Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as their season as Gertrude in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Paula in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas.
For the summer season, Christina joined Central City Opera as an Apprentice Artist, and made her company and role debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as an ensemble member for the Encore: A Musical Revue Concert at the end of the summer. Christina received the John and Ginny Starky Award from Central City Opera at the end of the summer.
Christina has spent two summers as an Apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera, covering Mrs. Segstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and The Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
Christina’s other operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Agrippina, Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hermia in Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Opera NEO in San Diego and Dorabella in the family performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, and Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera San Jose.
She has also performed with Boulder Opera, Oberlin in Italy, Emerald City Opera, and Taos Opera Institute and received an Encouragement Award from the San Francisco District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.