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)
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!
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:
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”.
- Second will be Nemorino in a concert version of Donizetti’s “Lelisir d’amore”.
- Lastly, I will be taking on the title role of Hoffmann in Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann”.
LOTS of music to begin memorizing as these are all new roles for me. Grateful to be singing and making money for it!
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
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. 🙂
If you are looking for something to do in Southern Orange County this weekend come see La Traviata! I will be singing Alfredo on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
I signed on last week after one of their tenors dropped out. In under a week I managed to get the demanding but oh-so-rewarding role off book (despite a nasty throat virus that completely stole my voice for most of that time!).
As you can tell … it has been a week full of drama! But what sweeter drama is there than the sumptuously beautiful music of Verdi’s La Traviata?! I will be living the Brindisi on Sunday night, that’s for sure!
Christopher majored in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he also studied Composition privately with Eleanor Armer. Christopher is a 6’4″, Full Lyric Tenor.
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”.
“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” – Carmen, Bizet
Celestial Opera Company’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, filmed by Voyager Probe Productions