Soprano Christine Steyer has distinguished herself as artist of great versatility. She was a recent winner of six national awards including The American Prize in Art Song and The Johnny Mercer Award. Steyer has been highly praised for her artistry and her voice has been described as “an international-calibre voice of size and color used to reach an audience's emotional core.” Steyer received critical acclaim for her operatic portrayals of the Marschallin from Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. She has performed roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Street Scene, Sweeney Todd, Cunning Little Vixen and Manon Lescaut. Steyer’s recent concert engagements include the Poulenc Gloria, the Brahms Requiem and Carmina Burana, Beethoven's 9th, Rossini’s Petite Mass and Mendelssohn’s Cantata 42. A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang concerts of Russian and American music with pianist Philip Morehead. Steyer is the Artistic director of Bellissima Opera and is currently heading The Transcendence Triptych project – an operatic celebration of individuals who transcended the racial divide. She brought music to 19,600 schoolchildren with Bellissima Opera Outreach. A proponent of new works, she has collaborated on and premiered several new works for soprano. Steyer teaches voice at Concordia University in River Forest.