“The loudest ‘bravas’ and the longest applause”
“ When she enters Jerusalem disguised as a soldier, Abigaile immediately sends chills down one’s spine as she uplifts a fearful voice to sing, “The thunderbolt of my revenge already hangs suspended over your heads.” Christina Major is nothing short of astounding in this extremely demanding soprano role – one in which she meteorically goes in a mere split second from a frightful-sounding low to a heaven-touching high, with a voice overflowing with Abigaile’s felt destiny to rule. At times, notes fall in caressing waterfall fashion down a scale that seems to be octaves in length. Her Act Two aria begins with rolling torrents of sustained notes as she declares, “You will see my fury fall upon everyone.” Her cries of purposeful revenge pierce the air in their soprano heights before suddenly collapsing to a depth most sopranos rarely travel. But when she reflects of how she once spoke of “holy love” and “wept at others’ tears” – remembering her unfulfilled affection for Ismaele – Ms. Major transforms her vocals to a soft trembling as she holds note after note long enough for each to attach to the next in a loving embrace. It is no wonder that at the end of this aria, Christina Major receives on opening night the loudest ‘bravas’ and the longest applause. If there were any other of her many brilliant moments that perhaps one-upped this extraordinary aria, it is as her Abigaile stumbles and falls near the opera’s end to a self-inflicted death of poison. Singing crumpled on the ground with a lovely English horn accompaniment (Meave Cox), she sends a whispered prayer to God of “Let me not be damned.” Clearly, if for no other reason, Christina Major’s performance of Abigaile is a sure reason (among many) to secure a ticket to WBO’s Nabucco.”
“A vocal knockout”
Victor Cordell -For All Events
“The most remarkable voice in the production is Christina Major as Abigaille, who in a sense is the real lead character. She totally fulfills the needs previously mentioned for the role. When at full bore her voice cuts steel, yet she can gently embrace tender moments and transition between the two with great facility. She is a vocal knockout.”
“A very strong and majestic voice”
Slash Magazine 2019
“ Christina Major with her beautiful soprano has a very strong and majestic voice. Her voice has a far reach, just right for an ambitious lady in the Palace. She could play a villainess, or a motherly character.“
Soprano Christina Major “Nailed it”
Nicholas Jones SFCV
“Abigaile rampages through the opera making things terrible for the Israelites, deposing her father, and trying to kill her supposed sister and rival in love. It’s a great part, and soprano Christina Major, a West Bay Opera regular, nailed it with a plethora of high C’s and swooping coloratura scale-work that brought out the contradictions of her character’s tormented ambitions and jealousy.”
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle “Friday’s opening brought its own joys as well, chief among them a bravura performance by soprano Christina Major as Lucrezia. Major has been a welcome presence on Bay Area stages for years now, but I can’t recall hearing her sing with the kind of expressive verve and technical command she displayed here. Again and again she unleashed powerful, perfectly placed high notes and athletic passagework that underscored the vitality of the vocal writing. She brought beauty and pathos to Lucrezia’s Act 1 aria “Tu al cui sguardo omnipossente” and railed against her father-in-law with Unbridled ferocity that never wavered in pitch or rhythm.”
"exhilarating force "
Victor Cordell, For All Events
“In Christina Major’s interpretation of Lucrezia, it is hard to imagine a Verdi heroine with greater challenge and vocal fire. Although the dramatic coloratura soprano has performed lyric roles, she attacks this one with exhilarating force and dominates the stage when she sings. Often in a rage, her penetrating voice pierces the air, yet she exhibits great dynamic control and manages the quieter prayer and duets with both male leads with great success.”
Renée Batti, Alamanac News 2017
...”there is good news for local opera fans attending West Bay Opera's production of Vincenzo Bellini's magnificent 19th century bel canto opera, "Norma," in Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre: ...”a skillful and forceful portrayal of Norma...powerhouse soprano Christina Major is cast in the title role, delivering an often electrifying performance of a woman revered by her people but betrayed by her lover, Pollione -- who is also the father of her two children.
"Focused, opulent sound."
Paul Hyde- Greenville News, May 2014
"The concert opened with a vigorous performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, featuring soprano Christina Major, who sang with marvelous control and a focused, opulent sound. Next on the program was Mascagni’s “Easter Hymn” (from “Cavalleria Rusticana”), which began softly and reverently and surged to a breathtaking climax. The stupendous performance, which also featured Major as soloist, inspired a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience."