Christian Van Horn

This season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn sings Bluebeard’s Castle with the Met Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera as the title role in Don Giovanni and returns to the Paris Opera in Les Contes d’Hoffman, the Metropolitan Opera in La bohéme, the Bayersiche Staatstoper in Lucia di Lammermoor and the Philadelphia Opera in Simon Boccanegra.

Van Horn has appeared in many of the great opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Rome Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Netherlands Opera, and at the Salzburg and Munich festivals.

His operatic roles include the title roles in Don Giovanni, Mefistofele and Le nozze di Figaro; Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Mephistopheles in Faust, Claggart in Billy Budd, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Anna Bolena, Colline in La bohème, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Timur in Turandot, Banquo in Macbeth, Narbal in Les Troyens, Oroveso in Norma, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Gessler in Guillaume Tell and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette. He also appeared in the world premieres of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at the Santa Fe Opera and Marco Tutino's Two Women at the San Francisco Opera and in the American premiere of Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera.

In concert, Van Horn has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra (in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall), New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Bard Music Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Van Horn recorded the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for Sony Classical. He also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of Falstaff and The Exterminating Angel.

Van Horn is the 2018 winner of the Richard Tucker Award and a 2003 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He received his master’s degree in music from Yale University and is a graduate of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

September 2023

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