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Co-Founder Bios

Christine Alfano

Executive Artistic Director & Co-Founder

Praised for her "enticing strength and marvelous vocal character" (Arts Knoxville), Christine Alfano's powerful and sparkling voice has charmed audiences at home and abroad. Often described as possessing an "important" and "luscious" Verdian instrument by top coaches and conductors, her voice is particularly at home in the music of the bel canto, romantic and veristic periods.  She is an alum of the Knoxville Opera Studio, Palm Beach Opera Studio, and the Gulfshore Opera Emerging Artists Program. 


Christine is also active in the opera world as an emerging stage director. A resident stage director for the Vienna Summer Music Festival since 2021, she has directed two world premieres in both the USA and Austria. She has assistant directed for organizations including the Lakes Area Music Festival (The Rake's Progress) Tennessee Opera Theatre (Die Zauberflöte), and the Vienna Summer Music Festival (La Bohéme, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni)


Christine received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and her Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee College of Music in 2022. She attended Florida State University College of Music for her undergraduate work, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and Italian. 


She maintains a private voice studio in Jacksonville, Florida, called The Alfano Voice Studio, and is a member of the Musical Theatre faculty at Florida School of the Arts.

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Brandon Michael Smith

Music Director & Co-Founder

Brandon Michael Smith has performed across the country as a conductor, keyboardist, and vocalist. Born and raised in Northeast Florida, he first trained as a vocalist with emphases in opera and musical theatre, before moving into collaborative piano and organ studies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Jacksonville University with emphases in Music Education and Choral Studies, and also holds a Master of Music in Conducting from Ithaca College with emphases in Musical Theatre, Opera, and Choral Music. He has taught at Florida State College of Jacksonville, Ithaca College, Jacksonville University, and has been sought after by several academic music programs as vocal coach and choral clinician. Prior to returning to Jacksonville, FL in 2018, he held a multi-year residency at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. 

NYC: Pagliacci (Assoc. Conductor/Chorus Master/Pianist). National Tour: Wicked (Keyboard4). Regional: HMS Pinafore with First Coast Opera (Conductor), Mamma Mia! with Cape Fear Regional Theatre (Music Director), Pagliacci with Opera Ithaca (Assoc. Conductor/Chorus Master/Pianist); Xanadu (Music Director), Pride and Prejudice (MD), Chicago (Assoc. MD), A Christmas Carol (MD/Arranger/Pianist), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Assoc. MD) and In The Heights at the Hangar Theatre (Assoc. MD). 

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