• About

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    Linden Kathleen Christ made her international debut as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Rome Opera Festival in 2005. She made her professional American debut in 2008 as First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She performed the role of Ellen in Lakme with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis August, 2009. Christ directed Amahl and the Night Visitors and sang the role of the Mother at North Park Covenant Church in February 2012. She played the role of Jane in Brigadoon at Music By the Lake, WI in July 2011. Chris loves to perform in with the Peoria Municipal Band and in the John Philip Sousa Concerts with Dr. Vroman and the Bradley University Band. She made her premiere with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Civic Center in “A Walk Down Broadway”. Christ was asked to return to the Civic Center on Valentine’s Day to sing with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Romantic Gershwin Concert in 2012 and again for Valentine’s Day 2014.

    Christ completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Musicology from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she is now an Adjunct Faculty, and conducts the University Singers. Christ graduated magna cum laude from Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Some of her favorite roles include: Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Euridice in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.

    Christ is the founder and general director of the opera outreach company, Chicago Opera Playhouse. Linden founded the company in 2008 with a condensed version of Hansel and Gretel; followed by Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Cinderhood, and Knightly News.  The 2014-2015 season, Chicago Opera Playhouse will present Alice in Wonderland.   COP will be touring Classroom Adventures: Mozart’s Magic Flute to Kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms and The Opera Workshop: Romeo and Juliet to High School and College Classes.

    Christ is the Manager of Education and Outreach for Chicago Opera Theater, working with the After School Matter’s Chicago Opera Theater For Teens, and the middle school program, Opera for All. Christ resides in Chicago, where she studies with Judith Haddon and is a native of Metamora, Illinois.