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Our McLellan Finalists speak with Classic 107

Christina Thanisch-Smith chatted with Classic 107's Simeon Rusnak to talk about her singing career. On Thursday, April 18, Christina claimed a $6000 prize at WMC's McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Here is Christina's story:



Christina Thanisch-Smith has been praised for her “shimmering vocals with pitch perfect intonation” and “ringing high notes” (Opera Canada). She is quickly gaining praise in the Canadian music scene. As a first year McPhee Artist with Calgary Opera, she made her main-stage debut as Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and as Beauty in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast. Christina was selected for the Opéra de Montréal Talent Gala, made her debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and as Eurydice in Manitoba Underground Opera’s production of Orphée et Eurydice, while embarking on trips to the United States, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Christina is an alumna of McGill University (G.D.P., M.Mus.), the University of Manitoba (B.Mus.), Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Franz-Schubert-Institut, Stratford Summer Music Festival Academy, Opera NUOVA, and Wendy Nielsen’s Opera Workshop.

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