Since early debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, Opera North and English National Opera, Christopher Ventris has forged an international reputation as one of Britain's most successful tenors. The Wagnerian repertoire has been a central focus of his career in the last decade and his interpretations of Parsifal, Siegmund, Lohengrin and Erik have met with particular acclaim. It was as Parsifal that Christopher Ventris made his highly acclaimed Bayreuth Festival debut in Stefan Herheim’s 2008 production under Daniele Gatti, voted production of the year by Opernwelt magazine with his portrayal of the role under Bernard Haitink from Opernhaus Zürich available on DVD on Deutsche Grammophon.
Christopher Ventris sang his first Lohengrin at the Teatro Comunale de Bologna, and subsequently at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real Madrid and The Dallas Opera, the latter earning him the 2007 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award. As Siegmund, he has performed at Wiener Staatsoper (under Christian Thielemann) as well as at La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, De Nederlandse Opera and Oper Köln. In the title role of Parsifal, he has appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper (Franz Welser-Möst), Bayerische Staatsoper (Kent Nagano), Valencia Palau de les Arts (Lorin Maazel) and De Nederlandse Opera (Iván Fischer) as well as at Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu. He sang his first Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) at San Francisco Opera and last season saw his successful debut in the title role of Rienzi at the Salzburg Festival under Philippe Jordan.
Other key engagements in this career which has now spanned two decades, include Steva (Jenůfa) which marked Christopher’s debut at The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Grimes at Opernhaus Zurich and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florestan (Fidelio) his debut at Washington National Opera, and it was the stage of the Opéra National de Paris which saw his role debut as Tannhäuser under Sir Mark Elder. Further appearances include Max (Der Freischütz) at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro alla Scala, Sergei (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District) at Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie, Teatro Real, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Covent Garden and De Nederlandse Opera, the title role in Pfitzner’s Palestrina at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Jim Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at the Wiener Staatsoper.
The current season brings another role debut, as Prince Andrey Khovansky in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina under Semyon Bychkov at the Wiener Staatsoper, as well Jim Mahoney at Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden under Wayne Marshall, and again in Vienna Die Walküre under Sir Simon Rattle. In concert Christopher Ventris performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie with the Oslo Philharmonic under John Fiore.