A versatile lyric soprano praised for her clarity and warmth of tone, Christa Durand has performed in hundreds of concerts and shows in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Santa Rosa, California, Ms. Durand is recognized as a gifted performer who is equally comfortable in a classical recital hall as she is in an intimate cabaret venue. Ms. Durand was a recipient of the Everett B. Person Scholarship for Vocal Studies at Sonoma State University, where she received her classical training and her Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her studies, Ms. Durand became an avid enthusiast of new works and composers. She works, and has worked with, many composers to help bring their opera, folk, jazz, and new-age visions to life.
Christa is dedicated to exploring and promoting the relevancy of classical music in our lives today through several outreach programs.
She is a member and performer with Opera on Tap, San Francisco, an organization that aims to expose new audiences to opera by taking it out of the concert hall and into alternative venues.
Ms. Durand is the Artist Director of The Artists' Salon, which reintroduces the the classical salon format into the home with the aim to enthusiastically foster meaningful conversations around art and music.
She also coordinates and performs accessible opera outreach programs for schools, senior living communities, and the public.
While at Sonoma State, Ms. Durand began collaborating with composer Glenn Grubbs. Ms. Durand and Mr. Grubbs have released two albums with their new age western rock project, Image and Nation, and continue to produce cutting edge music together.
Ms. Durand also met and began collaborating with composer Noam Lemish, Will Johnson, and Brian Wilson.
Recently she sang the role of Cassandra in Dr. Wilson's opera, Agamemnon, and sang in the world premier of Richard Evans' Irish Poet Patriots.
Recently, Ms. Durand collaborated with Livingston Sound to present his large-scale 5-act River Opera at Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards in Healdsburg. Following the curving intersection of Brooks Creek and the River, the Opera moves from glade to glade, using natural features to define the stage.
Ms. Durand frequently collaborates with the Vespertine Orchestra, a classically trained electric and acoustic duo based out of Petaluma, California. Their music ranges from experimental to electronic dance, with a massive touch of minimalism.
Ms. Durand also regularly performs as a guest singer with Due Zighi Baci ("Two Gypsy Kisses"), presenting authentic, soulful stylings of popular European cafe music.
You can find her performing with Goat Hall Opera, Jarvis Conservatory, East Bay Musical Chairs, The Artists' Salon, Opera-tunity, and Opera on Tap San Francisco.