Cristina Fontanelli

Soprano - "Elegante e vivace - una giovane Callas," according to Mario Fratti, the writer of the hit Broadway musical "Nine." Cristina is quickly becoming a well-known personality through her extensive appearances on Italian and American radio, TV, and in opera. Ms. Fontanelli has received rave reviews performing all over the United States, Canada, and in Italy. A listing of some of the popular "giants" she has appeared with would include Tony Bennett, Sergio Franchi, Frankie Laine, Red Buttons, Don Cornell, Pat Cooper, Enzo Stuarti, Kaye Ballard, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and many others. And from the world of classical music, Ms. Fontanelli is thrilled to have appeared amidst such Metropolitan Opera luminaries as Giuseppe Di Stefano, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Aprile Millo, Gabriella Tucci, Leo Nucci, and the legendary Licia Albanese. Ms. Fontanelli has performed at many functions honoring foreign dignitaries and, in the United States, for such major political figures as Mario Cuomo. During the 1989-90 season, international audiences have seen Cristina traveling throughout the Middle East as an "Ambassador of Opera," performing at the Cairo Opera House and in the United Arab Emirates. During the current season, Ms. Fontanelli is appearing as featured soloist with the world-renowned Mantovani Orchestra, garnering headlines and such descriptions of her voice as "tonally radiant and ravishing." Ms. Fontanelli's repertoire includes such Puccini heroines as Mimi, Musetta, Butterfly, and Georgetta, as well as Verdi's La Traviata, and masterpieces of the French school such as Massenet's Manon and Gounod's Faust. Her vast song repertoire includes many Italian favorites and classics in Spanish, French, and German, as well as classics from our own Broadway stage. Many major publications, including the New York Times, have praised Ms. Fontanelli's singing as having "technical ease" and "flaunting bravura," but perhaps this quote taken from Cristina's most recent review best sums up the artistry of this young and versatile soprano: she is a "show stopper!"

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