October 17, 2013 Christine opened her 2013 concert tour at San Silvestro chapel in Rome, Italy.
CLASSICALLY TRAINED SOPRANO FOCUSES ON GOD RATHER THAN WAGNER Midwestern Soprano to Open Tour Season in Rome, Italy
September 16, 2013— Classically trained as a lyric operatic soprano, Christine Westhoff is becoming one of the leading American artists in the area of oratorio and sacred music, attracting the attention of a widening public including the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and the United States.
The 31-year-old singer is unique in that, although trained as an operatic singer, she has devoted her career to sacred music that was written some 500-700 years before her birth, “I assumed I was going to be an opera singer. I’d trained as one. I sounded like one. I just couldn’t figure out why the idea of having to sing opera for the rest of my career left me with a hollow feeling.” Westhoff says an accidental discovery changed her path, “One afternoon I stumbled onto an old oratorio book of music. Just as a priest is called to the collar, I instantly knew that God was showing me where He wanted me.”
As a Catholic, Westhoff’s 2013 concert tour will kick off in the city where faith is foremost—Rome, Italy, where she will perform in the ancient and beautiful San Silvestro Chapel, with an audience that will include various princes, priests, and prelates of the Church.
In addition to the sacred and oratorio pieces Westhoff will perform, her 2013 tour will include pieces by contemporary U.K. composer, Ash Madni. Qatar-born Madni, known for compositions that fuse Western and Eastern classical music, has high praise for Westhoff; “Christine’s singing is beautiful, pitch perfect, powerful and radiates passion, rare to find these days.” Westhoff will sing his “An Aria for Fatimah,” which sets Percy Shelley’s poetry to music.
After her premiere in Italy, Westhoff will perform a series of concerts and recitals throughout England, Canada, and the United States.
When asked about how she views her job as a singer, Westhoff mused, “I feel blessed that I was chosen for this job. Humbled that this is my small part of His work. Grateful that I can call some of the great cathedrals of the world my office.”