Dr. Christi McLain
Soprano Christi McLain is celebrated for her invigorating and thoughtful interpretations of contemporary American opera and has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg. During the 2015-2016 season, she premiered the one-act opera, Owl Moon, with Hartford Opera Theater and will be joining them again as Mary Warren in their upcoming production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible. In 2017, Dr. McLain will premier Dan Lis’ Of Nights in April, a commissioned song cycle set to texts by author Willa Cather. In 2014 and 2015, audiences saw her as Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Eva Delvigné in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position with Hartford Opera Theater and as Marianne in Connecticut Lyric Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier. Dr. McLain has also made numerous concert appearances throughout her career, most notably as a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. In Connecticut, she has performed as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G and has made featured appearances with Torrington Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, Madison Lyric Stage, and Connecticut Concert Opera.
In 2013, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Arizona State University, where she also instructed private voice lessons as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her primary research focused on musical settings of texts by Nebraskan author and Pulitzer prizewinner, Willa Cather. Her thesis, Libby Larsen’s “Margaret Songs”: A Musical Portrait of Willa Cather’s Margaret Elliot, was recommended by Donald Simonson in vol. 70, no. 3 of the NATS Journal of Singing. In 2014, she presented her research on musical settings of Cather’s fiction for the Prairie Cultural Education Series at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, near Willa Cather’s home in Red Cloud. During her time in Arizona, Dr. McLain sang the role of Susanna in ASU Lyric Opera Theater’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and participated in Arizona Opera’s cover study program as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. McLain received a Master of Music in Opera from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While studying at the University of Nebraska, she performed in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore as Gianetta and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Papagena.
Dr. McLain currently instructs private voice lessons as a faculty member at the Hartt School of Music-Community Division in Hartford, Connecticut and at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prestigious collegiate preparatory school of international renown in Wallingford, Connecticut. During the summer of 2016, she will join the faculty at the International American Classical Music Festival in China. Dr. McLain is a co- founder of In Medias Arts, a company composing and premiering contemporary works of devised theatre. In Medias Arts has been invited to the 2016 Providence Fringe Festival this summer to present #trending, a new work marrying visual art, music, theatre, and movement.