Christie Finn Show Notes

PC: Alexandr Karjaka

PC: Alexandr Karjaka

American soprano Christie Finn is actively involved in the world of contemporary vocal performance and new music theater.  Finn has performed as a soloist with the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble (Netherlands), CrossingLines (Spain), the Hezarfen Ensemble (Istanbul, Turkey), ICTUS (Belgium), Nadar(Belgium), Oerknal! (Netherlands), oh ton-ensemble (Germany),
VocaalLAB (Netherlands), and several ensembles in New York City, including ekmeles, the S.E.M. EnsembleExperiments in Opera, and Tactus. She is a co-founder and member of the experimental music duo NOISE-BRIDGE, collaborating with clarinetist Felix Behringer, and Co-Artistic Director of ExVoCo. She is also a permanent member of Forum Neue Vokal Musik and Ensemble Hörwerk (currently on hiatus). All of these ensembles all based in Germany. 

International festivals and concert series include the Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), the Beijing Modern Music Festival, klarafestival (Brussels, Belgium), Hamburg International Music Festival, (Germany), Festival Mixtur (Barcelona, Spain), MUSICON (Durham, U.K.), and Resonant Bodies (New York City, U.S.A.) In the Stuttgart area, festivals include Musik am 13., Südseite Nachts, Klangraum, Sommer in Stuttgart, Konzertreihe für aktuelle Musik, tonArt (Esslingen a. N.), musica nova (Reutlingen), Zeitgenuss (Karlsruhe), and Opernfestspiele Heidenheim. Finn is a two-time winner of an interpretation prize at the International Stockhausen Concerts and Courses (Kürten, Germany) and was awarded a prize in the Karlsruher Wettbewerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik 2014.

Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include the German premiere of Beat Furrer’s a sei voci with Voces Suaves (Basel) as part of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden’s Barocktage 2018 (Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin); directing and performing with her ensemble ExVoCo in the Klangraum Festival (Stuttgart); and creating the role “Spider Woman” in the world premiere of Thierry Pécou’s staged Nahasdzáán: A Navajo Oratorio (Rouen, France). This season, Finn will also teach and perform as a guest lecturer at the Interpretation and Performance Practice Days in Saarbrücken (Germany), as well as work with students at the University of Bristol. Upcoming recording releases include Christopher Trapani’s Waterlines with Ictus; current collaborations include a new multimedia work by Anthony R. Green for her duo NOISE-BRIDGE.

In addition to her career as a professional singer, Finn is also an active poet.  Composer Matt Aelmore set her poetry in the five-movement Pierrot Opera, and she collaborated with Chicago-based composer Christopher Fisher-Lochhead on his piece Tandem, written for NOISE-BRIDGE.  For more information about Finn’s projects in music and poetry, please visit Passion-Flowers. For her rants about music, poetry, and aesthetics, please visit her blog: The Single Artificer.

Finn also serves at the Managing Director of the Hampsong Foundation (http://hampsongfoundation.org).  Past work with the Hampsong Foundation include the radio series Song: Mirror of the World and the Song of America radio series, both syndicated through WFMT Chicago, among other projects.

A native of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.  Finn is also a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Lucy Shelton.  Finn holds a Master of Music in Voice from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), where she studied with Joan Heller, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Modern Languages & Linguistics from UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County).  She currently resides in Stuttgart, Germany, where she sits on the Music Advisory Board for Kunstraum34 (http://kunstraum34.de) and is actively involved with the Stuttgarter Kollektiv für aktuelle Musik (http://skam.io).