2014 - 3rd Place Winner of The American Prize - Schorr Memorial Award in Art Song
2013 Winner of The Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Contest
2012 Winner of The American Prize Chicago Opera Award
2011 Winner of The American Prize - Schorr Memorial Award in Art Song
2011 Winner of The Johnny Mercer Award
2011 Bronze Medal Winner The American Traditions Competition
Soprano Christine Steyer has distinguished herself as artist of great versatility. She was a recent winner of six national awards including The American Prize in Art Song and The Johnny Mercer Award. Past prizes include the Altamura/Caruso International Competition and the National Opera Association Competition. Steyer has been highly praised for her artistry and her voice has been described as “an international-calibre voice of size and color used to reach an audience's emotional core.”
Steyer sang the Marschallin from Der Rosenkavalier with Sinfonia da Camera, the title role in Madama Butterfly with Townsend Opera and Battle Creek Symphony to critical acclaim and Violetta in La Traviata with Verismo Opera and Bellissima Opera. Other roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute and Frasquita in Carmen with Tulsa Opera, Abigail in The Crucible with Chamber Opera Chicago and premiered the role of Mrs. Croft in Persuasion with the same company. She has performed roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Street Scene, Sweeney Todd, Cunning Little Vixen and Manon Lescaut.
Steyer’s concert engagements include the Poulenc Gloria, the Brahms Requiem and Carmina Burana with both the Billings Symphony and Galesburg Community Chorus, Beethoven's 9th with the Rockford Symphony and Rossini’s Petite Mass and Mendelssohn’s Cantata 42 with the Downer’s Grove Choral Society. A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang concerts of Russian and American music with pianist Philip Morehead.
Steyer is the Artistic director of Bellissima Opera and is currently heading The Transcendence Triptych project – an operatic celebration of individuals who transcended the racial divide. She has also performed for 17,700 schoolchildren with Bellissima Opera Outreach, an organization she founded in 2009.
Steyer can be heard on the CD “Caroline Myss' Voices of the Sacred”. She recently performed her hit 1-woman show "So, You Want to be a Diva?" which combines singing and storytelling. She has collaborated on and premiered several new works for soprano. Her first book Six Songs for Soprano has just been published by Overtones. Steyer teaches voice in Oak Park.
Recent Press Quotes
"In particular, Christine Steyer’s rendition of Cio-Cio San was notable for gorgeous, satisfying vocal production from top to bottom, consummate musicianship, and charming stage presence. However, for me, what made her performance completely convincing and satisfying was her ability to project an enormous range of emotions in her singing and acting with minimal theatricality. The Butterfly role is so well known there is an inherent danger that any interpretation will almost seem to be a cliché of others we have heard unless it obviously attempt to deviate from the norm. Steyer’s version did not need to resort to any manipulative ploys for our sympathy because her emotional presence came across as absolutely honest and heartfelt. From the first notes wafting from off stage at her first entrance, we sensed her deep understanding of Cio-Cio San’s innocence and loveliness, vulnerability and sadness, and believed her completely from that moment on. By the end of the opera, we shared her devastating pain as personally and directly as if she were someone we knew as intimately as family."
-Stephen Thomas, Professor of Music