Blessed with a warm yet shimmery voice, Canadian soprano Christina Tannous is emerging as a talented and versatile singer with refined technique, a natural flair for acting and a compelling stage presence. She came to national attention as a 1st prize winner of the CBC competition for Young Performers and placed 2nd at the Jaume Aragall international voice competition in Spain. An alumna of the Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre program and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio, Ms. Tannous’ current season includes the role of Musetta (La Bohème) with the Société d’art lyrique du Royaume, as well as an appearance with the contemporary music company Chants Libres for their 20th anniversary.  This season also features numerous performances of the youth concert Annabelle Canto, produced by the Jeunesses musicales du Canada, as well as the premiere of the sequel, Annabelle suit sa voix

Recent credits include debut performances in the play Les Leçons de Maria Callas (Masterclass) by Terrence McNally at the Théâtre du Rideau vert in Montreal.  In her 2009-2010 season, she also sang the parts of Javotte (Manon-concert version) and of the 2nd Lady (Silver cast- Die Zauberflöte) for Opera Lyra Ottawa.  For the same company, she also performed the part of Cat in the world premiere of The Bremen Town Musicians composed by Dean Burry.

In 2008-2009, Ms. Tannous debuted with Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO), singing Barbarina in
Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as the parts of Clorinda and the Fairy Godmother in the OLO Opera Studio school tour production of Cinderella.  In addition in 2008 were her performances of both leading parts in La Bohème, Mimi for Pellegrini Opera in Ottawa and Musetta for the CO-SI Festival in Sulmona, Italy.

Other opera highlights from previous seasons include successful performances of the title role in Filumena (Estacio-Murrell), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Anna in Frobisher (Estacio-Murrell)at the Banff Centre; Anaide in Il Cappello di paglia di Firenzeat the Vienna Kammeroper, and Nadia in La Veuve joyeuse at the Opéra de Québec.  She also gave life to the parts of Zibbédé and Inésille in the world premiere of the opera Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse (Evangelista) for Chants Libres.

Ms. Tannous has performed as a soloist with various Canadian orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  Oratorio credits include Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten and Die Schöpfung, Carmina Burana, The Messiah, and Vaughan-Williams’ Dona nobis pacem. Christina also starred as Mimi in Hope Springs Eternal, Bravo!Canada’s An Opera Story.  She has also toured the Maritimes for the Debut Atlantic concert series, and her performances were often featured on Radio-Canada and CBC radio.

Christina Tannous graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where she completed her vocal training with Marie Daveluy.  She is also the recipient of many grants of various organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Fondation des Jeunesses musicales du Canada. Christina also regularly performs for the Société pour les arts en milieu de santé, an organization that provides musical performances for patients in health care centers in Montreal.

January 2011

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