"Cristina Fontanelli at Feinstein's at the Regency is like seeing a cross between
Maria Callas and Ethel Merman. She has no equal"
"The best work came from Cristina Fontanelli" –The New York Times
"Fine, fine work from soprano Cristina Fontanelli" –The (NY) Daily News
"La Diva della Canzone" America Oggi "Elegante e vivace - una giovane Callas" –Mario Fratti, Il Progresso
Cristina Fontanelli has become a well-known personality, through her recordings, her apperances on TV, radio,in concert, nightclubs and opera, and her acting debut on network television. Her
most recent accomplishment is as PBS Host for Andrea Bocelli's historic free concert in Central Park also starring Celine Dion, David Foster and Tony Bennett; for the "Il Volo" Spring 2012 special; Vienna Boys Choir and Qi Gong PBS Specials. She is the "voice of Domino's Pizza" on their current national radio commercial, is the voice of "Nonna" on the beloved PBS TV Chef Lidia Bastianich's Christmas special (in over 300 PBS outlets across the U.S.) and has appeared on CBS Weekend in interview/performance/co-hosting roles for the past 2 years. Cristina's beautiful soprano voice has taken her to the White House as part of President Clinton's holiday celebration and on January 20, 2005 Cristina was invited to open the ceremonies at the Stars and Stripes Inaugural Ball for President George W. Bush. This following her "Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts" from the Order Sons of Italy in America (previous honorees have included Luciano Pavarotti). Cristina is a proud member of the three top performing unions – SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY and has been named one of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts most notable alumni (along with Robert Redford, Danny DeVito, Edward G. Robinson, etc.). Recent appearances include the opening ceremonies for the prestigious Hamptons Classic Horseshow, singing the National Anthem on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. for the testimony by fashion-icon Giorgio Gucci, her annual appearance at Feinsteins at the Regency Hotel, singing Happy Birthday to Mickey Rooney for his 90th birthday celebration at Feinsteins (Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Tony Bennett, et al in attendance), the historic Breakers Hotel honoring Connie Francis, the National Arts Club NYC honoring Patrice Munsel, performances in San Diego (with Giada DiLaurentis) and Hollywood, CA for Jimmy Kimmel, the PBS Gala at Times Square Discover and her 9th-Annual "Christmas in Italy"® concert, which will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3 p.m at Symphony Space, 96th & Broadway, New York.
She has appeared with the Palm Beach Opera, the Cairo Opera, Opera of Hong Kong, the NY Grand Opera, NJ State Opera and the Opera of the Hamptons and and as a guest artist with numerous prestigious orchestras including the Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony and major orchestras throughout the world. Touring the Middle East extensively as an "Ambassador of Opera", she also sang in the major concert halls of the Far East, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United States. Her numerous awards include the American Opera Auditions and awards
from the Puccini and Koussevitsky Foundations and "Woman of the Year" awards from the NYC Transit Authority, the
NJ Federation of Italian and Italian-American Societies, the Ethnic Press Council of Toronto, the Salerno Club of the
State of NY and the International Women's Network for service to NY.
OPERA OF THE HAMPTONS SALUTES CRISTINA FONTANELLI
Cristina Has Always Been The First One To Say,
"What can I do? How can I help?
You were always there.
She has always performed for us, not only with her beautiful voice,
but also with a full heart wishing us continued success and
her enthusiasm brims over to all whom she touches.
To you Cristina, our congratulations on a career full of excitement and a
dedication to this noble art that you have devoted your life to.
Dear Friends of Opera of the Hamptons, Please click on the link and see our wonderful "endorsement" by this world-class publication covering
high-society and cultural events in the Hamptons! We are delighted that the editors have chosen to cover Award-winning Singer and PBS/WLIW Host Cristina Fontanelli's appearance on Saturday, August 4 at Duck Walk North for "Cristina Fontanelli and Friends" – Tickets available in advance: $45.00; Priority $55.00 At the door $55.00! Call: 631-728 8804 (www.operaofthehamptons.org).
Thank you! See you at the Opera! - Barbara Giancola, Artistic Director - Opera of the Hamptons
Black Tie International: Opera of the Hamptons
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