Christine Thomas, mezzo soprano, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass.
Christine has done so many Messiahs that if you play a D major chord during the month of December, she will bolt upright from a sound sleep and sing, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive...." Her other concert work includes the Beethoven's Mass in C , Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Duruflé’s Requiem, Debussy’s La Damoiselle Elue , the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man. She has also performed and recorded Mark Brymer's The Christmas Suite with Milwaukee Children's Choir. In 2012, she appeared as the alto soloist in the Hal Leonard Showcase at the 52nd National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in Orlando, Florida, in which she performed the music of Benjamin Britten.
Ms. Thomas is frequently in demand for contemporary music, particularly new compositions. She has a passion for performing and teaching music by contemporary American composers, including Jake Heggie, Sigmund Snopek, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Jeannine Tesori. She recently commissioned composer Garth Baxter to write Three Songs by Irish Poets in both English and Irish Gaelic, which were recorded on August 20, 2018. She can also be heard on the recording of Flight Box with Present Music and Cinq Poèmes de Tristan Tzara with pianist Milton Peckarsky on a tribute CD produced in Bucharest, Romania.
Christine is particularly versatile, having been referred to by the Journal-Sentinel's Elaine Schmidt as giving a "tasteful interpretation" of Sigmund Snopek's song cycle, and one month later lauded as "the wildly randy Wanda Kazlakowski" in A Cudahy Carolers Christmas with In Tandem Theatre. (She is particularly proud of the latter description.)
As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination.
Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.
Ms. Thomas recently added the role of stage director to her accomplishments in May 2017 with Third Wall Productions in Baltimore, MD, in Little Women The Musical, in which she also played Marmee.
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