Christine Arand graduated from Northwestern University with a double degree in Art and Music and attended The Juilliard School earning a full fellowship with the Juilliard Opera Center. She began her professional career in Europe creating the leading role of Lise in Philip Glass’ premiere of LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES directed by Susan Marshall and recorded the original cast recording.
Described as an “Up-and-Coming Diva” by The New York Times, soprano Christine Arand, made her debut on Broadway as Musetta in the Tony-award winning LA BOHEME ON BROADWAY directed by Baz Luhrmann. On the heels of that success, she joined the cast of Tony-Award winning NINE on Broadway in the role of Maria, directed by David Leveaux. In Paris with the Théȃtre du Chȃtelet, Christine appeared as both Maria Rainer and the Baroness in Emilio Sagi’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC and portrayed Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carsens’s production of MY FAIR LADY. With Lincoln Center Theater, she played the french chanteuse, Yvette Guilbert in Martha Clarke’s production of BELLE EPOQUE
In Chicago, Christine recently sang Medora in Verdi’s IL CORSARO with the Opera Festival of Chicago which was also broadcast live on WFMT. With the Chicago Opera Theater, she performed Cecilio in Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA where Opera News noted, “Christine Arand delivered another convincingly masculine impersonation, and coursed through the difficult display writing with remarkable assurance.” The New York Times hailed Christine for her “fiery and statuesque” Armida in RINALDO with NYC’s OperaMission and she triumphed as Antonia in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN with Hawaii Opera Theater.
Christine’s other opera roles include Micaëla in CARMEN, Salomé in Massenet’s HERODIADE and Liù in Puccini’s TURANDOT (Dorset Opera, UK), Gilda in RIGOLETTO and Violetta in LA TRAVIATA (Kimmel Center, Philadelphia), Tiny in PAUL BUNYAN (Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera), the title role of AGRIPPINA (Teatro Massimo, Palermo), Nanetta in FALSTAFF (Pine Mountain Music Festival), Zdenka in ARABELLA (San Francisco Opera), Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Arizona Opera and Fort Worth Opera), Laurie in Copland’s THE TENDER LAND, Baby Doe in THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, Konstanze in ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO (Connecticut), Poppea in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA and Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Juilliard Opera Center).
At Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Christine appeared in Orff’s CARMINA BURANA and Mozart’s REQUIEM. She has performed several world premieres including Tan Dun’s LAMENT: AUTUMN WIND and sung Berg’s CANTATA NO. 2 at Alice Tully Hall. Christine made her Carnegie Hall debut in the premiere of REQUIEM by David Childs.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Christine Arand’s polished soprano and fluent acting conveyed Poppea’s sensuality as well as her steely resolve."
"Its centre was correctly the Poppea of Christine Arand, convincingly sexy in a slatternly way.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“To single out, the most impressive performers...Christine Arand, a soprano in the Cantata Number 2.”
“The drama’s mesmerizing music is supported by the powerful vocals of Christine Arand”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, LONDON
“...Christine Arand, who brought pearly tone to this demurely lovestruck Salomé.”
“Salome is not Strauss’s bloodthirsty fille fatale, but an ardent young innocent, cast aside and unaware of her royal parentage, drawn by John’s spiritual allure yet fuelled by incipient erotic yearnings. A Beautifully written role- Manon was Massenet’s next opera- it found a tender exponent in American soprano Christine Arand, whose delicate and affecting manner and delivery proved a beautifully judged piece of casting.”
CITY PAPER, PHILADELPHIA
“Christine Arand's Violetta was appropriately slender and pretty, ...The extended duet in Act 2 was a showcase for the exciting voices of Harris and Arand.”
WOODSTOCK TIMES, GLIMMERGLASS
“Soprano Christine Arand was exquisite; her Marguerite was an unaffected beauty with dew on virgin cheeks in “Il etait temps...il se fait tard” from Gounod’s Faust...She also gave us and innocent Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme.”