MEZZO SOPRANO, YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
Mexican-American mezzo-soprano Christina Esser has been noted for her “rich mezzo”, and “captivating performances” (The Desert Sun). This season, Ms. Esser will make her New York debut as a Young Artist with the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble performing the role of Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Recent roles include Hermia in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the title role in a world premiere workshop reading of Juana by Carla Lucero and Mrs. Krawcyck in Janice Hamer’s Lost Childhood with Opera UCLA, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro as well as The Monitress in Suor Angelica with Repertory Opera Company.
Other role highlights include Dardano in Amadigi, Virtù and Poppea (cover) in L’incoronazione di Poppea , and The Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Additionally, she has performed in scenes from operas such as Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), Carmen (Carmen), and The Mikado (Pitti Sing).
In 2020, Ms. Esser was selected as one of nine finalists (both instrumental and vocal) to compete in the prestigious Hennings-Fischer Burbank Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, and was also one of the winners of the Mimi Alpert Feldman Scholarship competition. She has also been a featured young artist with the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and in May, will return as a guest teaching artist in their education outreach tour, “Opera in the Schools”.