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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.
The Italian-American Fontanelli was born in Brooklyn, New York. 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. She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and also attended The Juilliard School.
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.
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.
Every year during the holiday season Fontanelli performs a "Christmas in Italy" show.
- Sarah Rahman. "Hoboken singer to perform in New York". The Jersey Journal.
- Biography page at Cristina Fontanelli's official site, accessed November 26, 2010.
- "Christina Fontanelli sings 'Christmas in Italy' program" The Union City Reporter, November 28, 2010, Page 20
- Petr Svab. "Cristina Fontanelli, Preserving Values Through Opera". The Epoch Times.
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