Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Praised for her “exquisite and ethereal presence with a lovely lyric coloratura” (GigCity), soprano Christina Thanisch-Smith is quickly making a name for herself as one of Canada’s up and coming young sopranos. Born in Fredericton and raised in Winnipeg, Christina now resides in Montreal as a graduate student in the studios of Professors Dominique Labelle and Michael McMahon at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.
This season, Christina performed the title role in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias with Opéra McGill, and returned as Hero in the on-going workshop of Much Ado!, written by James Garner and Opéra McGill’s artistic director, Patrick Hansen. In April, she made her debut as the soprano soloist for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra at Maison Symphonique in Montreal. Her 2022 summer season includes a solo recital as part of the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival in Winnipeg, as well as attending the Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Art of Song Program on fellowship.
In her ’20/’21 season, Christina sang the title role in Handel’s Partenope with the McGill Baroque Orchestra, workshopped the role of Hero in Much Ado! with Opéra McGill, and performed Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder and Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis in recital.
Other credits include: Lily in The Secret Garden and Mariane in Tartuffe (Canadian Premiere) with Opera NUOVA, and Soprano 4 in Ana Sokolović’s Six Voix pour Sirènes. She was a winner of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition (’21, ’19) and semi-finalist in their international McLellan Competition (’19, ’22), winner of the Lawrence Genser Competition (’19), and the youngest ever winner of the Zita Bernstein German Lieder Competition (’17).
Christina is an alumna of the University of Manitoba (BMus. ’20), McGill University (MMus. ’22), Wendy Nielsen’s Vocal Workshop (’18,’19), Opera NUOVA (’18, ’19), and Stratford Summer Music’s Vocal Academy (’21).