Christine Steyer – Soprano

As Violetta, Steyer sang with tonal beauty and dramatic conviction.  Her legato was seamless and she was impressive at both ends of the vocal range – we were in tears at the end.”                                                   
                              —WFMT’s Andy Karzas

Christine Steyer has distinguished herself as artist of great versatility. In addition to being the recent recipient of six national performance awards including the American Prize in Art Song and The Johnny Mercer Award, Steyer has received acclaim for her operatic portrayals of the Marschallin from Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang concerts of Russian and American music with pianist Philip Morehead and most recently Spanish music with guitarist Brandon Acker.

Christine is a music advocate and seeks many innovative ways to keep classical vocal music alive and relevant in today’s world. Steyer is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bellissima Opera and is currently heading The Transcendence Triptych – three new operas celebrating those transcending the human divide. Since 2008, she brought music to over 23,000 students, often in under-served communities with Bellissima Opera Outreach, an organization she helped create. A proponent of new works, Christine collaborated with poets and musicians to compose the songbook “Six Songs for Soprano”.  She has commissioned and premiered several new works for soprano that combine contemporary poetry with music – most recently that of Charlie Rossiter and Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg set by composers David Shenton and Stuart Leitch, respectively.

Steyer recently sang in Lyric Opera’s Les Troyens, Lady Liberty in Johnny Johnson with Chicago Folks Operetta, Mrs. Croft in Chamber Opera Chicago’s Persuasion on its UK tour and Beethoven 9th with The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Christine can be heard on the CD “Caroline Myss’ Voice of the Sacred” produced by SoundsTrue – a sampling of 400 years of sacred music. Steyer frequently performs her one-woman show, “So, You Want to Be a Diva?” a cabaret style show combining singing and storytelling. Steyer teaches at privately and at Concordia University.

Christine is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of
​Bellissima Opera