Praised by the Leipziger Volkszeitung for her lush sound and powerful expression, soprano Christine Moore Vassallo is a versatile performer with equal authority in opera, recital, and contemporary music. The Sacramento native counts among her many roles Mimi in La Bohème, Madama Butterfly Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in Suor Angelica, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leonora in Il Trovatore (described as “velvety and luscious” by SongWordSight Magazine), the title roles in Aida in Ariadne auf Naxos with such companies as the Leipzig Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Institute, Utopia Opera, Create Opera, the Aldeburgh Summer Festival, Sacramento Opera and the Amato Opera and Lyric Artists of New York. She was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and First Prize winner of the Sacramento Opera Competition. Oratorio performances include Barber's Knoxville-Summer of 1915, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and the Verdi Requiem with the New York Choral Society and most recently with Orchestra Amadeus.
In 2013 Christine made her Italian debut at the Narnia Music Festival celebrating the 200th birthday of Verdi. She speaks five languages and sings in ten, and has given numerous solo recitals featuring works of all genres of repertoire and languages, including in Granada and Madrid with Festival de Canción Española, Trinity Concert Series in New York, the Library at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Old Stone House. She made her UK debut in 2005 at the Paxton Chamber Music Festival in Scotland with Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire (praised by the Glasgow Herald) and has premiered many new works by living composers, including Richard Thompson's song cycle The Shadow of Dawn and the NYC premiere of his opera The Mask in the Mirror, Andrew Rudin’s Masha’s Arias, and Michael Rose, Kareem Roustom, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Steve Gerber and Zaid Jabri with the Brooklyn New Music Collective. In 2013 she curated and performed in the first ever concert of all Arab composers at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in NYC, called “Nearer to East: Chamber Music from the Arab World.” Recent performances include the title role in Verdi’s Aida with Lyric Artists of New York to benefit MSF/Doctors without Borders and the SAMS Foundation, and Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with Amici Opera in Philadelphia. Recordings include Christine Moore - Arias with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Musical Concepts) and the soon-to-be-released From Al Andalus to the Americas–An Odyssey of Spanish Song(Meridian Records, UK) which loosely follows the evolution of classical Spanish art song from its Arabic and Moorish roots in Spain.
As a teacher, Christine has over 21 years of experience in the private realm and was a faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for 14 years, where she taught individual voice as well as a Vocal Performance course. She is former faculty of Alaria Chamber Music at Mannes College of Music where she coached singers and instrumentalists in vocal chamber music. Since 2018, she has been a teaching artist at the Lunigiana International Music Festival in Fivizzano, Italy, where she teaches bel canto singing and prepares students for multiple performances. Prior to that, between 2013 and 2017 she taught at summer programs in Chioggia and in Narni, Italy. She is a substitute teacher at the Music Partners program at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music where she teaches group singing onsite at underrepresented New York City schools. In 2016 she co-founded Lyric Artists of New York, a singing collective which provides opportunities to singers to perform in opera and recitals in concert halls as well as in New York City schools, cultural and senior centers. This fall she begins her tenure as a teaching artist with Art Smart, an organization co-founded by Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael Fabiano that brings free voice lessons into public high schools around the country. Last winter, at the invitation of Lebanese American University’s Imagine Series, she traveled to Lebanon to present two workshops and a Christmas choral concert for children with autism. 2018 marked her first year as a teaching artist at the YES Academy in Lebanon and she is thrilled to be back to this year to help young singers in Opera Workshop.