Praised for her "enticing strength and marvelous vocal character" (Arts Knoxville), Christine Alfano's powerful and sparkling voice has charmed audiences at home and abroad. Often described as possessing an "important" and "luscious" Verdian instrument by top coaches and conductors, her voice is particularly at home in the music of the bel canto, romantic and veristic periods.
This February, Christine performed Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the UK-based VIDA Guitar Quartet for Beaches Fine Arts Series in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier this season, Christine tackled the title role of Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Bold City Opera; she also appeared as a featured soloist in Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noel and was as a guest soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with The Bolles School.
Christine has been engaged in several world premieres, most notably Marble City Opera's production of Pesci's Royal Flush. Other recent new-music credits include Psychiatrist in A Severed Chord (Palm Beach, Florida) and Ms. Dara in An Embarrassing Position (Knoxville, Tennessee). International credits include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with both the Brancaleoni International Music Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. In 2022, she was a featured soloist at the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Austria, where she performed arias and duets from Bellini’s Norma and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Christine was a selected participant of the 2022-2023 Season's Professional Artist Workshop at Gulfshore Opera and is an alum of both the Knoxville Opera Studio and the Palm Beach Opera Studio. Christine currently studies with Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Rowley; previous teachers have included Kirsten Arnold, Dr. Kimberly Roberts, and Daniel Belcher.
Christine is also active in the opera world as an emerging stage director. This summer, she will return to Vienna to direct Adamo's Little Women and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges for the Vienna Summer Music Festival. She will also direct an immersive Bluebeard's Castle in October for Bold City Opera, a non-traditional company that she co-founded with conductor Brandon Michael Smith.
Summer 2023 featured her return to Vienna, Austria, to direct the world premiere of A Girl from Ipanema by Brazilian composer Diogo Carvalho. In Summer 2022, she made her professional directing debut with the premiere of Pluto by Michael J. Polo in both the United States and Austria. She has assistant directed for organizations including the Lakes Area Music Festival (The Rake's Progress) Tennessee Opera Theatre (Die Zauberflöte), and the Vienna Summer Music Festival (La Bohéme, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni).
Christine received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and her Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee College of Music in 2022, where she was the GTA for the Tennessee Opera Theatre. She attended Florida State University College of Music for her undergraduate work, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and Italian.
Christine is a proud member of the prestigious Society of Pi Kappa Lambda, which recognizes the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. She maintains a private voice studio in Jacksonville, Florida, called The Alfano Voice Studio, and is a member of the Musical Theatre faculty at Florida School of the Arts. She is the Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Bold City Opera.