Christina Haldane

Assistant Professor

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Phone: 902.494.3738
Mailing Address: 
Room 103, Dalhousie Arts Centre 6101 University Avenue Dalhousie University PO Xob 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Performance
  • Opera / Oratorio / Chamber Music / Art Song
  • Voice
  • Voice Pedagogy
  • Arts Public Relations and Audience Building for Opera
  • Balancing Teaching and Performing Roles
  • Qualitative Research

Education/ Credentials

  • BMus, (Voice Performance) University of Toronto
  • MMus, (Voice Performance) Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Post Graduate Vocal Training, (Voice Performance) Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Year of Study, (Voice Performance) Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
  • Diploma in Public Relations, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London, UK
  • DMA, (Voice Performance), University of Toronto

Research and Creativity

Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, NB. She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton, in the UK. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, and is also a dedicated interpreter of song and chamber repertoire. Recent highlights include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and also covering the role of Sifare in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Mitridate, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina made her critically acclaimed Canadian operatic debut in Toronto in Nov 2017, performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert. Christina’s 2018 began with exciting plans for her debut album, “Let Me Explain” a collection of Canadian art songs, which was recorded at the Glenn Gould studio that summer. "Let Me Explain" was released in November of 2019 on Redshift Records. This project received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, and she is grateful for their support.

Christina has an international profile as a vocal educator, having managed voice studios in London, UK and Toronto, Canada. She is on the voice faculty at two masterclass programs, BIIMA – Breno Italy International Music Academy and Musique sur mer en Acadie, NB. She has also been an educator within choral activities, in the role of Vocal Development Coordinator for the VIVA! Youth Choirs of Toronto. Christina is in demand as an adjudicator, most recently as an appointed jury member for the Canadian Music Competition 2019 national final.  She is the head of the Atlantic division of Canada's national opera training pogram COSA Canada.

Alongside her performance and teaching roles, Christina has begun to build an academic research portfolio. She presented conference papers, “Balancing Performing and Teaching Roles: The Voice of Classical Singers” and “When We Sing to Our City! Investigating University-level Psychological Wellness for Classical Singers in Community Engaged Performance” (third author) at the International Symposium on Performance Science in Reykjavík, Iceland (August 30 – September 2, 2017). Her first publication, “Balancing Performing and Teaching Roles: The Voice of Classical Singers” in Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science was published in 2018, with a full fee waiver. Her thesis, a qualitative study of twelve boutique opera companies in Toronto, “Segmentation models for Arts Public Relations: Finding an Audience for Opera,” combined her public relations and opera experience.

In September 2015, Christina commenced a DMA in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She completed her DMA in August 2019. Christina joined the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts in 2019.


  • Voice I – IV, including Performance stream
  • Vocal Literature (MUSC 3177)
  • Artists as Entrepreneurs: Concept to Creation (PERF/ THEA/ MUSC 4250)

Selected Publications

  • “Balancing Performing and Teaching Roles: The Voice of Classical Singers,” Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science, 9:2503 (2018).
  • “Let Me Explain” a collection of Canadian Art Songs, on Redshift Records (October 2019).
  • "ICARE" an interdisciplinary creation residency and digital performance project, produced through a Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals grant, in partnership with CBC/ Radio Canada (2020).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Canada Council for the Arts, concept to realization grant, 2018.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient, 2016.
  • Canada Council for the Arts, grants to individual musicians, 2016; 2015.

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