Christina Ascher, contralto, studied voice at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus.) and the Juilliard Music School (M.S.) in New York, the city of her birth. After fulfilling opera contracts at the Lyric Opera in Chicago and at the Dallas Opera, Miss Ascher came to Europe in 1974 where she sang leading roles at the opera houses in Karlsruhe, Zurich, Bonn, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Graz, Oldenburg, etc. Until the mid 80’s her specialties were Mozart, Rossini, Strauss and occasionally Wagner. Since the mid 80’s her main focus has been on contemporary music and modern music theater. Countless composers have written pieces and opera roles for this dedicated interpreter.
In 1986 Ms. Ascher debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1999 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. She was a guest soloist at the Holland Music Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Dresdner Tage fuer zeitgenoessische Musik, the Bonner Tage fuer Neue Musik, the Berliner Festwochen, the Berliner Biennale, the Frankfurter Feste, the Styrian Autumn, Styriarte, the Warsaw Autumn, the Sofia International New Year’s Festival, the Darmstaedter Ferienkurse, the Wittener Tage fuer neue Kammermusik, Musica in Strassbourg, the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, KaG (Gent) and many others. Recently she has composed and/ or created music concepts for various projects involving dancers and actors.
Christina Ascher has been involved in numerous international radio, television and recording productions, including her solo CD, “ONE WOMAN TANGO”, the CD “100 Ansichten vom Berge Fuji, Buch I/ 11” by Bruno Liberda, a record of music by Adriana Hoelszky, which was awarded the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik,” “Salamandrine Voices” by Gerhard Rosenfeld and many others.
Ms. Ascher has given master classes and seminars for singers and composers at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rostock, Germany, International Summer Courses for Young Composers,
Radziejowice, Poland, University of Birmingham, Music Department, Birmingham, UK, University of Music, Katowice, Poland. She teaches privately at the Voice Studio Christina Ascher in New York and has been a jury member at various competitions for contemporary composition and interpretation.