Christina Lamberti, Soprano
Internationally active lirico-spinto soprano, Christina Lamberti, has been hailed for her protean vocal presence, which ranges from "a full-throated performance, riveting in sound and fury" to "such delicate nuances that only the greatest masters can portray". Her initial operatic experience began as an undergraduate chorister at Westminster Choir College participating in the Philadelphia Orchestra's concert productions of Nabucco and Tosca, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti. She continued her studies at Duquesne University and participated in the EPCASO program in Italy studying the Bellini and Donizetti repertoire under the rigorous tutelage of Enza Ferrari and Claudia Pinza, daughter of the famed basso Ezio Pinza. Her striking young talent was recognized as she began earning young artist residencies in quick succession: Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, with whom she made her operatic debut as Frasquita (Carmen), Pittsburgh Opera, with whom she performed the leading roles of Suzel (Mascagni's L'amico Fritz) and Verdi's (Giovanna d'Arco), at Philadelphia's prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA), where she performed Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Mimì (La bohème), and Tatjana (Eugene Onegin).
Miss Lamberti began a long-standing relationship with San Francisco Opera as a young artist in their competitive Merola Opera Program, and the company immediately engaged her as an Adler Fellow. During her three years as an Adler Fellow, she appeared on the San Francisco Opera stage in the roles of Elettra (Idomeneo), the fifth serving maid (Elektra), Anna (Nabucco), and Clotilde (Norma). Her efforts in the early Romantic bel canto repertoire were encouraged by the late Dame Joan Sutherland and the company's director, the late Lotfi Mansouri. She also starred in the title role of a controversial production of Gluck's (Iphigénie en Tauride),for which the press recognized "a genuine spinto voice with exciting presence and the ability to infuse long, arching phrases with tremendous emotion". In more recent seasons, she has returned to the company to cover the Duchess of Parma (Busoni's Doktor Faust) and Lisa (Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame).
On the international level, Miss Lamberti has performed to great acclaim in Europe and Asia. She made her European debut at the Estonian National Opera as Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), and has also performed at the Slovenian National Theatre (La Callas, a tribute to the Greek-American soprano Maria Callas), Singapore Lyric Opera as Leonora (Il Trovatore) and the Teatro Comunale di Atri as the title role in Puccini's (Manon Lescaut.) As the resident leading soprano of the innovative Stadttheater Regensburg, her repertoire included Vitellia, Desdemona (Otello), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Manon Lescaut and Norma.
Most recently, Miss Lamberti has performed a wide-ranging concert program with Opera Delaware, the Verdi Requiem with the Annapolis Chorale for which she was praised for "her rich tone and skilled control of the demands of the Requiem", and has appeared in concert at the Teatro Tosti in Ortona, gathering unusual acclaim from the fastidious Italian public. This past April she most recently make her role debut as Maddalena in Concert Opera of Philadelphia's production of "Andrea Chénier."