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The Sabbath and Worship Music

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At the age of 18 she won the Young Artists Competition for the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, singing for the first time with a Symphonic Orchestra, an aria from the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart and an aria from the oratorio Messiah, by Handel. The same orchestra invited her again the following year to sing in a sacred music concert.

In 2003 Cristina completed her Batchelor of Music in Voice Perfor- mance at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Desirous to perfect her singing skills, she came to the USA to enroll for a Master of Music in Voice Performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she received full scholarship during the two years of her studies, graduating in December of 2005.

In the same year she performed the role of “Carolina” in the Opera Il Matrimonio Segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa, with the Duquesne’s Symphony Orchestra. Later in the same year she performed the same op- era in Bulgaria with the Orchestra of Stara Zagora Opera. At the Annual May Opera Festival in Polovdiv, Bulgaria, she won the first prize in the Puldin 2005 International Competition for Opera Singers.

In October of 2005 she performed the role of “Adele” in parts of the Opera Die Fledermaus, by R. Strauss with the Washinghton-Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. During the summers of 2003, 2004, and 2005 she participated in a special program for opera singers in Italy. There she was trained by renowned tenors and sopranos who contributed enormously to improve the quality of her vocal performances.

After spending 5 years performing leading soprano roles with vari- ous orchestras in the USA and overseas, Cristina felt God’s call to devote her life to sing sacred music. Her beautiful lyric soprano voice expresses her passion for the Lord and touches the hearts of people everywhere.

When I heard Cristiana singing at PMC with so much power and passion, I immediately sensed that the Lord might bring us together to proclaim our timely message in a fresh, appealing way through words and songs. Cristina shares my Italian cultural heritage and is by far the best Adventist lyric soprano I have ever heard in my life. Though she is only 25 years old and weighs less than 120 pounds (not the typical heavy-set

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