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Christina Wilcocks (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Christina Wilcox, has earned a remarkable reputation for her "warm, noble and thrilling" voice. Equally at home in opera and on the concert stage, she is perhaps best known for her work with symphony orchestras.

Christina Wilcox has performed with many of the leading orchestras of the USA including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic. She has appeared with the Florida Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Wichita Symphony and Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and has sung under such esteemed conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Zdenek Macal, Gerard Schwarz, Richard Bradshaw, JoAnn Falletta, David Lockington, Jahja Ling, Zuohuang Chen and Norman Scribner.

Christina Wilcox has worked frequently with the conductor Maximiano Valdes, performing with him at Grant Park Concerts in Chicago, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Opera and the Orquesta del Principado de Asturias in Spain. She made her Buffalo Philharmonic debut under Mo. Valdes in the Verdi Requiem, and returned to sing Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with him as well as George Frideric Handelís Messiah under JoAnn Falletta and the Verdi Requiem under David Lockington. She sings regularly under Dennis Keene, performing with the Voices of Ascension in New York City since 1992, the Keenefest at Alice Tully Hall and under his baton at the Caramoor Festival.

Christina Wilcox made her Seattle Symphony Orchestra debut in 1995 in G.F. Handelís Messiah under Gerard Schwarz, her National Symphony Orchestra debut in 1997 in the Verdi Requiem at Wolf Trap and her Houston Symphony Orchestra debut in 1999 in G.F. Handelís Messiah. She has sung frequently at New Yorkís Carnegie Hall as soloist for such groups as Musca Sacra and the Canterbury Choral Society. She made her Kennedy Center debut in 2000 singing G. Mahlerís Symphony No. 8 with Norman Scribner and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. She has been a frequent performer with the Greenwich choral Society and has sung with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Berkshire Choral Festival. In December 2003 she made her debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Robert Spano in a semi-staged production of Adamsí The Death of Klinghoffer.

Known for her work in opera, Christina Wilcox made her professional opera debut with New York City Opera in 1990 as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. She returned the following season for the premiere of Robert Dennisí East of the Sun, West of the Moon. She made her Dallas Opera debut in 1994 as Fortuna in LíIncoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Bliss Hebert and her debut with Seattle Opera in 1998 as Siebel in Faust, under Mo. Valdes, directed by Bernard Uzan. She has sung Menottiís production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Lincoln Center. She was selected for the London Opera Center, where she performed Cavaliís La Calista, and Rossina in Barbieri di Siviglia. She has sung Dorabello in Mozartís Cosi fan tutte for the Liedrekranz Society of New York and Opera on the Sound on Long Island.

Recent performances included the Bach Cantatas and Respighiís Laud to the Nativity with Pasadena Pro Musica and Barberís Dover Beach with the Colorado String Quartet at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival. In Spring 2004 she made her San Francisco Symphony Orchestra debut in J.S. Bachís B Minor Mass (BWV 232).

From the Press

Source: Donald E. Osborne, California Artists Management (February 2004)
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Donald E. Osborne (May 2004)

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