Emerging Artist Profile:
Christina Thanisch-Smith



Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Manitoba
City: Winnipeg

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Mariane: Tartuffe

Chorus: City Workers in Love


How are you preparing for NUOVA's program?

  • When learning any piece of music, I always start with the text, followed by the music. As singers, our most important job is to convey the text to the audience. I am currently busy preparing for my third year recital, which will help me build the stamina which I will need to perform the role of Mariane in Kirke Mechem's "Tartuffe". And above all else, staying healthy by keeping active, eating well, and getting enough sleep - our body is our instrument!

What attracts you to NUOVA's programs? Why this year?

  • I believe I am ready for the challenge of a summer intensive program like NUOVA and performing a principle role. I would like to further my musicality and acting skills and NUOVA has plenty of resources to do so. NUOVA is a well-rounded program with an excellent reputation at preparing young singers. As I am heading into my final year of my BMus., I look forward to putting the skills I learn at NUOVA to good use in the fall!

o   Education: entering fourth year of BMus in Vocal Performance, University of Manitoba

o   Awards: NATS Manitoba Chapter scholarship winner (2018, Winnipeg Music Festival), MRMTA Senior Voice Recital Competition Winner (2018), Desautels Faculty of Music’s Zita Bernstein Competition Winner (2017), Virtuosi Concert Series’ Young Artist Program 2nd place prize winner (2017)

o   Mentors: My teachers, past and present: Monica Huisman, Phyllis Thomson and Audrey Belyea - I wouldn’t be the singer I am today without these women.

o   Dream Role(s): Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Rusalka in Dvorák’s Rusalka, or Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen — I could go on forever!


Artist Bio     

Christina Thanisch-Smith, soprano, is delighted to be joining Opera Nuova for their 20th Anniversary season as Mariane in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe, and will appear in the chorus of Neil Weisensel’s City Workers in Love. Born in Fredericton and raised in Winnipeg, Christina is entering her fourth year of her Bachelors of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music under the tutelage of Monica Huisman. As a member of the U of M’s Opera Theatre Ensemble, she has been featured as Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera) and Euridice (L’Orfeo) in their annual Opera Excepts shows. This past winter, Christina won the MRMTA Senior Recital Competition, and received the NATS Manitoba Chapter award at the Winnipeg Music Festival. Other highlights include winning the Desautel’s Zita Bernstein Competition (2017), winning five trophies in the Winnipeg Music Festival, and appearing as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their Rising Stars Competition (2015).