Christina Birchall-Sampson studied at Emmanuel College Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She made her solo debut at Staatsoper Berlin, Opera du Capitôle Toulouse, Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck Festivals in a staged production of Handel Belshazzar, conducted by René Jacobs, and released on DVD by Harmonia Mundi (BBC Music Magazine DVD choice, August 2011).
Most recent operatic roles include: Violetta, La Traviata for Bel Canto Opera, Cheltenham; Tatiana, Eugene Onegin for Ryedale Festival Opera (cover show); Clorinda, La Cenerentola for Opera Loki; and Daisy, Toby Young’s The Daisy Chain (LSO Young Talent project with LSO Ensemble). Other complete roles include Musetta, La Bohème, Juliette, Roméo et Juliette, Bastienne, Bastien und Bastienne, Madam Silberklang, Der Schauspieldirektor and Gretel, Hansel and Gretel. In opera scenes, Christina has played Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare, Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Contessa and Fiordiligi.
Christina has performed a wide range of concert repertoire, recently including Handel Judas Maccabeus (Cambridge University Music Society, conducted by Stephen Cleobury), Mendelssohn Elijah (Latymer and Godolphin Choral Society, St John’s Waterloo), Handel Gloria (Exon Singers Festival) and Howard Goodall Eternal Light Requiem (City of Bristol Choir, St George’s Brandon Hill). She has given song recitals in Aix-en-Provence, Copenhagen and throughout the UK. Prizes include Hampshire Singing Competition Second Prize, John Sim Prize for modern song, MBF Award and Emmy Destinn Competition Finalist. Future plans include: Handel Messiah (Amici Chamber Choir, St James’s Piccadilly); Mozart Requiem (West Barnes Singers); Britten A Boy was Born and other Christmas songs (Epsom Chamber Choir); Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem (Teddington Choral Society) and a Burnaby Song Recital with pianist Chris Hopkins (Cambridge).
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