Discover: Christine pHARES, MEZZO-SOPRANO
About the Artist
Christine Phares is mezzo-soprano from Texas. A graduate of The University of North Texas, Ms. Phares was seen there in the roles of Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Antonia’s Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffman and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. Ms. Phares' concert work includes Alto cover soloist for UNT Symphony’s production of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with The Rockwall Symphony Chorus. A semi-finalists at both The Lois Alba Vocal Competitions in 2015 and 2016 and the UNT Concerto Competition in 2015, Ms. Phares was also seen as Zita in Lamar Opera Theater's Production of Gianni Schicchi.
Ms. Phares participated in The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices: A Dolora Zajick Young Artist Program for three consecutive seasons. While a resident singer, she performed The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas as well as Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana. In July of 2018, Ms. Phares was seen as Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles at The Miami Music Festival where South Florida Classical Review stated that Ms. Phares "... was half bel canto mezzo, half night club chanteuse in Samira’s Turkish vaudeville act (originally written for Marilyn Horne)." A former Teaching Artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, Ms. Phares maintains a voice and piano studio and is an active staff singer at FUMC Downtown Houston.
Ms. Phares holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Lamar University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera from The University of North Texas and a Doctorate in Education from Lamar University. Ms. Phares is the current Program Director at Young Audiences of Houston, promoting Arts-Integrated learning in schools and communities.
Photo by Elle Logan