Christina Schönbach is a soprano based in The Hague and Berlin. She completed her Bachelor of Music for Classical Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in 2015 and has been developing as an opera singer and experimental musician since.
Most recently she performed the role of Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz at Schloss Henfenfeld and the role of Ariadne in the opera Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss at the Trentino Music Festival under the baton of Christopher Larkin.
Christina is a returning artist at the Trentino Music Festival. In 2018, she performed the role of Almera in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters in its European Premiere there, conducted by Neil Goren.
She was a member of the Dutch Opera Studio between 2014 and 2018, performing roles such as Sieglinde in Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Nassaukerk in Amsterdam. Further roles included the title roles of Suor Angelica and Rusalka, as well as Erste Dame (Zauberflöte).
During the 2016/17 season, Christina was enrolled in the International Opera Studio in Patras, Greece, where she performed the role of Eurydice in Gluck´s Orphée, and sang in several concerts
Christina has won the Prize for Best Interpretation at the Capucilli Competition in Alessandria in 2019. She made it into the semi-finals of the Lyra New York Competition in 2021. Christina has been accepted to join the Opernfest Prague as a Voice Fellow in April 2022.
In her own programmes, Christina strives to use all of her dramatic skills. She creates theatrical concerts, telling stories about women in different situations. Her most extensive show is ‘ELLE – A Woman’s Voice’, based on the story of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, through the use of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, interspersed with dramatic arias.
In 2019, Christina presented her recital programme Love, Nature, Death and Drama, filled with Romantic arias and art song.
Apart from the traditional classical and opera repertoire, Christina has been involved in theater and contemporary music, as well as jazz and musical. She enjoys working with young composers and has worked with established contemporary composers, such as Louis Andriessen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Martijn Padding and Guus Jansen. In 2017, Christina was involved in Eendagsliederen at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival in August 2017, broadcast on national Dutch radio.
Christina’s latest projects have been with Studio LOOS in The Hague. She performed the title role in Cristiano Melli’s Corona-proof Opera Persephone, directed by renowned filmmaker Frank Scheffer. She is currently a participating member in The New LOOS Ensemble, creating improvisations with various artists.