B i o g r a p h y
New York City-based contralto Christine Duncan is quickly gaining recognition for her vocal power and clarity, commanding stage presence and both vocal and physical versatility.
Recent include a tour of Greece and Turkey with the Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir of NYC, Riders To The Sea (Maurya), Spark and Into The Woods (The Witch) with Off-Brand Opera, NYC, I Vespri Siciliani (Ensemble) with New Amsterdam Opera, NYC, the world premiere of Jake Landau's Pietà (Rosanella Violinista), as well as two seasons with the Ensemble of Grammy winning Odyssey Opera of Boston.
During the previous five seasons Ms. Duncan continued to premiere new works, including the title role in the world premiere of Susanna Payne-Passmore's Captain in Eugene, Oregon, Monica Pearce's Leda Songs, as a Resident Artist with NYC-based Fresh Squeezed Opera, Xenobia in the Boston premiere of La Zombiata: A Zombie Love Story, the workshop and premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Mila: Great Sorcerer with American Lyric Theatre and the world premiere of Juliet Palmer's a cappella opera, Sweat, at Brooklyn's National Sawdust with the Center for Contemporary Opera.
Other roles included Zita/La Zia Principessa in Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica with the Festival di Narni in Italy, the title role in Donizetti's La Favorita and Flora in La Traviata with West Side Opera Society, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and a mainstage debut as Flora in La Traviata opposite Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Meade at Oregon's Astoria Music Festival.
Before 2015 Christine performed Der Komponist and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Land of Enchantment Opera, and Lel in the US premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov's Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden) with the Lowell House Opera, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with New York Lyric Opera Theater, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci with the Land Of Enchantment Opera and Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, where she premiered a reconstruction of the character's 'lost aria'.
A well-rounded performer, Christine has also toured Europe with world folk choir Northern Harmony, acted in plays, and has twelve years of dance training. Christine holds an MM degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music and a BA in Music from Connecticut College. Christine is a student of Andrea DelGiudice.
Beyond performing, Christine is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of NYC's Off-Brand Opera (offbrandopera.org) and is a dedicated educator with a private voice studio and position as a Choral Teaching Artist for Midori & Friends of NYC (midoriandfriends.org).
Photo by Ehjeen Kim