Soprano Christine Steyer has distinguished herself as an artist of great versatility. In addition to receiving six national performance awards including the Johnny Mercer Award and the American Prize in Art Song, she has received acclaim for her operatic portrayals of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. A frequent recitalist, she has presented Russian and American music with pianist Philip Morehead and most recently Spanish music with guitarist Brandon Acker.
The founder and artistic director of Bellissima Opera, Ms. Steyer is constantly seeking innovative ways to keep classical vocal music alive and relevant in today’s world. Since 2008, she has brought music to over 20,000 students in under-served communities with Bellissima Opera Outreach. Also a proponent of new works, she has collaborated with poets and musicians to compose “Six Songs for Soprano”. Most recently she has premiered poetry of Charlie Rossiter and Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg set by composers David Shenton and Stuart Leitch, respectively. Ms. Steyer is currently heading the grassroots project The Transcendence Triptych – three new operas celebrating those transcending the human divide.
Ms. Steyer recently sang in Lyric Opera’s Les Troyens and The University of Chicago Symphony’s Beethoven 9th. She has also played Lady Liberty in Johnny Johnson with Chicago Folks Operetta and Mrs. Croft in Chamber Opera Chicago’s Persuasion on its UK tour. In 2017 she sang for the Cuban Ambassador on his Chicago tour and was the featured artist for the American Opera Society of Chicago Annual Gala. She can be heard on the CD “Caroline Myss’ Voice of the Sacred” a sampling of 400 years of sacred music produced by SoundsTrue. She frequently performs her one-woman cabaret show, “So, You Want to Be a Diva?” combining singing and storytelling. She teaches at Concordia University Chicago.