BIO

Christopher Anderson-West is a 6’4″, Full Lyric Tenor.

After having been discovered by a voice teacher while pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in his twenties, Christopher went on to receive a wonderful education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Currently Christopher coaches with Maestro William Vendice in Los Angeles and studies vocal technique with Mark Nicolson in New York. (please click CV to see a full listing of teachers, education and roles performed)

Christopher has had the pleasure of performing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles (LA Opera), Washington DC, Boston, Italy, England, China, France and Germany.

Favorite roles performed are Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s tragedy “Tosca”, Hoffmann in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann”, Don Jose in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Il Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and Tsar Berendey in the United States Premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Snegurochka”.

Upcoming for Christopher is Rodolfo in Puccini’s beloved “La Boheme”.

Contact: sfchanteur@gmail.com

“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” – Carmen, Bizet

Celestial Opera Company’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, filmed by Voyager Probe Productions

Contact info:

e-mail: sfchanteur@gmail.com

 

Upcoming operas

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First audition results of the new season are in!

I will be finishing the year with the lush beauty of La Boheme this December, as Rodolfo.

First opera role in for next season will be a reprisal of one of my favorite roles: Hoffmann in Offenbach’s intoxicating dreamscape of an opera, “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (The Tales of Hoffmann).

I look forward to discovering what other characters I will be portraying/singing in the upcoming year. Have a happy holiday season!

“E lucevan le stelle” – Tosca

Happy to have finished my first run of a Tosca production as Mario Cavaradossi. What a thrilling role to sing and I am grateful for the opportunity. Here is the final aria from yesterday’s performance recorded on the phone of an audience member. (Translation below)

(from a live performance on Dec. 10, 2017)

Translation:

The stars were shining, And the earth was scented.

The gate of the garden creaked And a footstep grazed the sand…

Fragrant, she entered And fell into my arms.

Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses,

While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils!

Forever, my dream of love has vanished.

That moment has fled, and I die in desperation. And I die in desperation!

And I never before loved life so much, Loved life so much!

The Tales of Hoffmann

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Singing the middle section of the Kleinzach aria.

One more performance this Saturday with Repertory Opera Company as Hoffmann in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman! I have loved singing this role … the music is stunning.

Vittorio Grigolo Master Class

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I am excited to have been selected to sing in a Master Class by internationally famous tenor, Vittorio Grigolo, next week! (through Angels Vocal Art in Pasadena)

Since I will be singing the role of Hoffmann, in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann”, for Repertory Opera Company this June AND since Vittorio Grigolo is singing Hoffmann for Los Angeles Opera’s current production … I am looking forward to getting coached on the Kleinzach aria by a star currently doing the role!

Here’s a recording of Mssr. Grigolo performing the aria:

Recital for Maestro Peter Mark’s Master Class Series

unnamedI have greatly enjoyed being a part of Peter Mark’s Master Class series this winter. There have been new and difficult lessons … but that is always the case when honing one’s skills and advancing. You fall down and get back up, moving ever onward.

As a result I feel like my technique is finally approaching a level that I would call “beautiful singing” … the kind of singing that is nuanced and luxurious. We are our own worse critics, so it is exciting to me to actually feel that way. Now, of course, it is time to get that embodied so it becomes completely natural.

Fortunately I have the perfect opera lined up to help me along that path toward technical embodiment … Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” in June!

For now, my focus is on this weekend. We will be singing in front of a panel featuring music professionals from Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Long Beach Opera, KUSC and more. I will be singing “Donna non vidi mai” from Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”.

 

Three new operas coming up …

I am excited to announce that I have three new roles to prepare for January through June:

  • First is Don Ottavio, from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”.don-giovannijpg-0d6ebd6b54fac462
  • Second will be Nemorino in a concert version of Donizetti’s “Lelisir d’amore”.elixir
  • Lastly, I will be taking on the title role of Hoffmann in Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann”.4h8dd9tpmntvamotokdedgfntyu

LOTS of music to begin memorizing as these are all new roles for me. Grateful to be singing and making money for it!

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Barber of Seville – Pacific Opera Project

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Looking forward to performing a secondary role with Pacific Opera Project in their upcoming production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”.

After a busy summer of singing Don Jose in Bizet’s masterpiece “Carmen”, filling in as a last minute Alfredo Germont for a company in need of a tenor for Verdi’s “La Traviata” and then taking part in a wonderful series of master classes in Beverly Hills with Maestro Peter Mark … Christopher is very much looking forward to the fun and hilarity that has been every POP production he has been involved in.

If you want to laugh all night long at what will be an amazing cast while hearing beautiful music and talented singers … you can buy your tickets here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pop

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“Ah! mes amis” – Peter Mark Master Class

Worked on a brand new aria this past weekend in my master class with Maestro Peter Mark (hence the fact that it is not completely memorized as evidenced in the video). 😉

To set up this clip, Maestro Mark had asked me to walk around to get my legs and core engaged.

In terms of the high C’s, the Maestro talked about the importance of “exploding”, or creating a wind tunnel, backwards on the lower note directly preceding.

You can hear how I successfully did this on the first four high C’s, but then the second set of four I did not and the C’s were thinner and not as solid. The Maestro stops me and motions (off camera) backwards out the back of his head on the lower note. Once I corrected off this instruction the last three high C’s were solid again.

Exciting work! Now to get all this memorized and in my body. 🙂

Sustained High C to end “Ecco ridente”

Continuing to work on the the sustained High C with various arias. It feels so great to have had the breakthrough where this feels relatively easy to me now.

This past week I worked with my coach, Maestro William Vendice, on “Ecco ridente”, from The Barber of Seville by Rossini. The amount of time Maestro Vendice instructed me to hold out the note made my eyes widen … but sure enough, I was able to manage. Such a great feeling! 😉