Music and drama are of equal importance in opera. This conviction underpins all Christine Douglas’s work. In a long and successful career as an operatic soprano, Christine always immersed herself in the drama and action of the roles she sang. Her Musetta in La Boheme and Gretel in Hansel & Gretel left indelible impressions on audiences because she was completely believable in the roles.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than facilitating artistic growth in young artists!
Since moving to directing opera and training young artists, Christine has imbued her productions and her protegés with that same detailed dramatic conviction. She now finds herself in demand directing opera performances, taking Workshops and training individuals in role and audition preparation.
Christine Douglas has been directing opera, producing events and mentoring young artists since the late 1990s.
Its been such a great pleasure working with you and to learn from a director who is also a singer! Thank you for believing in me.~ D.A.D.
(Headshot by Kurt Sneddon).
Opera is my Passion
Christine has had a distinguished career ~ as an operatic soprano with Opera Australia, the Victorian State Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Western Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals.
Christine Douglas has worked for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and the NZ Singing School as a director, and as founding Artistic Director for Sydney based company, Pacific Opera. Christine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and spent a period researching best practice in opera training in the UK and USA. Now a freelance soprano, producer and director, Christine is free to sing whatever music she loves and to continue to develop and mentor the next generation of Australasian opera talent.
In this business – it’s all about your reputation
Christine has a reputation for creating dramatically cogent, fresh and accessible productions where emerging artists explore and expand their horizons. The equality of drama and music has always been paramount for Christine, in her own performances and in those she has directed.
Christine is on Facebook
For me – Facebook is important. It means I can keep in contact with different parts of my audience and of course it is an important networking tool. I would recommend it to all of my Clients. People are not passive anymore, many prefer to interact and comment with their own views – reflecting the creativity of our chosen profession. Click here to visit my Facebook page.
Musical preparation is a given. We must learn to give the physical expression of the character equal preparation.
I have a wealth of professional experience to share with you
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Daphnis et Chloé (Offenbach)
Die schöne Galathee (von Suppé)
Hansel & Gretel Humperdinck)
Il mondo della luna (Haydn)
La sonnambula (Bellini)
The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
The Marais Project
Bel a capella
Sydney Omega Ensemble
National Trust of NSW
Supreme Court of NSW
Artistic Director Classical Faculty – NZ Singing School (ongoing)
Opera Director – NZ Singing School (ongoing)
Founding Artistic Director – Pacific Opera
Executive Vice-Chair – Pacific Opera
Associate Director – Melbourne Opera School
Consulting Executive Director – The Australian Opera Awards Committee
Baz Luhrmann production of La Boheme (Musetta), Patience (title role) and Hansel & Gretel (Gretel)
Christine received a Green Room Award for Best Female Lead in Music Theatre for the title role in Cho Cho San with Playbox Theatre
I really loved tonight as it was really informative and eye opening. I would love to work privately with you, on both interpretation of pieces as well as general presentation. I can't help but notice the stage presence and aura some of the people you have worked with previously are renowned for.D.A.