Cristina Fontanelli

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Cristina Fontanelli (born in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress, opera singer and teleivision presenter who has performed in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Cairo, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Uganda.[1]

Early life[edit]

The Italian-American Fontanelli was born in Brooklyn, New York.[2][3] She first experienced opera hearing acclaimed soprano Maria Callas on the radio and has reportedly said her high school dream was to become an actress.[4] She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and also attended The Juilliard School.[3]


Fontanelli has appeared on stage with Joan Rivers, Joe Piscopo, Pat Cooper, and her friend the television host, Joe Franklin. She has sung with Boston Pops Orchestra with Richard Hayman conducting, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and performed ar one of the 2005 Presidential Inaugural balls.[1]

She has been called a "vocal genius" by The New York Sun, was awarded the OSIA Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts (whose previous recipients include Luciano Pavarotti), and has been named "Woman of the Year" by many Italian organizations throughout the United States.[3]

Fontanelli has hosted a series of specials for PBS including "Andrea Bocelli Live from Central Park" and Il volo takes flight.[5][6]

Every year during the holiday season Fontanelli performs a "Christmas in Italy" show.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Today Fontanelli lives in New York, New York.[3]


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