Christina Ray

Christina Ray Headshot
Instructor, Voice and Music Theory
Artist Certificate UMKC Conservatory
M.M. Louisiana State University
B.M. University of Missouri
219 Fine Arts Building

Praised for her "velvety mezzo" (OperaWire), Christina Ray is equally at home on the operatic, concert, and musical theatre stages. Recent roles include Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Mercédès in Carmen, Mrs. Splinters in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land and Ms. Lark in Mary Poppins, Béatrice in Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George, Ramiro in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Hänsel from Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and some of her personal favorites, all 3 of Rossini's leading ladies, Rosina from il barbiere di Siviglia, Isabella from l'Italiana in Algeri, and the title role in La Cenerentola. As an active choral singer, Ms. Ray is a member of two professional ensembles, Vox Nova and Prometheus. Ms. Ray has sung professionally with many regional companies including, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Overland Park Orchestra, The Missouri Symphony, Manhattan Concert Productions, and Opera Kansas. In 2016 she was a recipient of an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in the Little Rock, AR district.

Ms. Ray is the Founding General Director of boutique opera company, Landlocked Opera. Landlocked Opera makes opera accessible to our community by celebrating historic operas while championing new works, ideas, and artists. Believing strongly in breaking down barriers and opera stereotypes, Landlocked Opera’s motto is "Opera for All." Ms. Ray recently made her professional stage directorial debut with Landlocked Opera on the world premiere of The Murderess, composed by Allison McIntosh and libretto by Trip Venturella.

As an evidence-based voice specialist, she co-created Classically Untrained Voice Collective, a community of voice professionals committed to offering continuing educational opportunities in Musical Theatre and CCM style cross-training. Ms. Ray is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as treasurer for the local Mid-MO NATS Chapter.