"Flair and musical vibrancy..."
- San Francisco Classical Voice
Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Cristina Lanz has performed roles in opera and musical theatre including: Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Estelle (Later the Same Evening), Jenny (The Threepenny Opera), Mrs. Gibbs (Our Town), and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). While studying at the University of Toronto she frequently appeared in the opera chorus, often as a feature dancer, such as in productions of Orfée aux enfers, Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing, and Don Giovanni. In addition to opera and musical theatre, Cristina has performed in recital at the University of Toronto and at the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB.
As a versatile artist, Cristina has performed in theatrical productions including: Lucy (Dracula), Juror #12 (12 Angry Jurors) and Arkadina (The Seagull) with Mount Royal University Theatre, and Dorcas (The Winter’s Tale) with The Shakespeare Company.
Cristina is well-regarded for her artistic merit and potential and was recently a recipient of a Tier 1 Professional Development Grant - a grant designed to "encourage ambitious, creative projects" - from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to this award, she is a scholarship recipient at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Prior to this, she was recognized at the University of Toronto with scholarships such as the Women's Art Association of Canada Luella McCleary Scholarship, the Lillian Florence Blanche Scholarship, and the Sylvia Cadesky Murredu Scholarship among others. In 2013, Cristina was the runner-up in Calgary Opera's So You Think You Can Sing Opera competition. This was the same year that she was recognized by the Theatre Faculty at Mount Royal University with the Theatre Faculty Choice Award.
Cristina graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Minor in Italian Studies in addition to holding a Diploma in Theatre Performance from Mount Royal University. Currently, Cristina is based in San Francisco while completing her final year of the Master's in Voice Performance program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Susanne Mentzer.
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