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Described as a “jewel” with a “lovely timbre, perfect trill and soaring top”, soprano Christie Conover is a rapidly rising star. Her voice, rich and warm, is partnered by a personal grace both on and off the stage. Her sensitive portrayal of characters such as Liù (Turandot), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Micaëla (Carmen) have garnered her critical acclaim, as well as her fiery portrayal of Musetta (La bohème) and effervescent, comedic rendition of Clorinda (La Cenerentola). Most recently, however, Ms. Conover was “the standout, expressing her character’s reticence and yearning with radiant vocalism” singing Caroline Abbott in Opera San Jose’s world premiere Where Angels Fear to Tread.

The 2015–2016 season marks her professional international debut with the Komische Oper Berlin as Pamina in its tour of China including performances in Guanghzou and Xiamen. Ms. Conover first appeared in this groundbreaking production of Die Zauberflöte with the Minnesota Opera which incorporates film with live humans interacting with animated creatures and “stole the show” last year. Of her was said, “Christie Hageman Conover, substituting for an ailing Layla Claire as the heroine, Pamina, stole the show with her strong and expressive lyric soprano. She performed a heartfelt ‘Ach, ich fühls’.” She also returns this fall to remount the innovative production with the Minnesota Opera. Other engagements next season include appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, soprano soloist for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Billings Symphony, and two chamber opera appearances with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Conover won the heart of Minnesota Opera’s Artistic Director Dale Johnson in 2012 and secured a coveted place as a member of the nationally renowned Resident Artist Program. She made an impressive company debut as Anna in Nabucco and was reviewed as “one to watch” in the coming years. Following her debut, Ms. Conover appeared again with Minnesota Opera as Liù in Turandot and was noted as having a “tonally rich” voice and was “armed with enviable control and storytelling sensitivity.” She returned to Minnesota for a summer season encore of concerts in 2013 as Musetta in La bohème and was described as “full of fiery physicality,” her voice “mellifluous and lovely.”

Past opera engagements for Ms. Conover include: Micaëla in Carmen with Livermore Valley Opera; Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro with the Stockton Opera; Abigail Williams in The Crucible with Rimrock Opera; Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Livermore Valley Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Fort Collins; Clorinda in Jean-Pierre Ponelle’s innovative production of La Cenerentola with Opera Colorado; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Colorado; and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Musetta in La bohème and the Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen with the University of Colorado.

A gifted performer of new works, Ms. Conover’s credits include: Sister James (cover) in the world premiere of Doubt by Douglas Cuomo and Jocelyn Jordan in The Manchurian Candidate (workshop) by Kevin Puts, both with Minnesota Opera; Josefina in The Autumn Orchard with CU New Opera Works and Emily in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with the University of Colorado.

Ms. Conover has also received national attention through esteemed competitions, most recently winning the National Federation of Music Clubs 2015 Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice. In 2013, she won Second Place and the favored Audience Choice Award at the Irene Dalis Competition and in 2011 she claimed Third Place in the Rocky Mountain Region competition of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, followed by Regional Finalist in 2012. She also garnered First Place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild in 2010. Ms. Conover earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University (CA) where she studied with famed soprano, Erie Mills. Ms. Conover was proud to represent her home state of Montana as a contestant in the 2007 Miss America Pageant and traveled extensively speaking to students on a platform close to her heart: “Music Makes the Difference.”