“Bass Christian Van Horn has matured into one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone.”
This coming season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn returns to The Metropolitan Opera as The Doctor in a new production of Wozzeck, as Colline in La bohème, and Alcidoro in La Cenerentola. He also returns to both San Francisco Opera in his role debut of Claggart in Billy Budd and Silva in Ernani and Lyric Opera of Chicago as Walter in Luisa Miller, and makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Creon in Oedipus Rex.
Mr. 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 Mefistofele and Le nozze di Figaro, Mephistopheles in Faust, 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, Zoroastro in Orlando, Oroveso in Norma, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, 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, Mr. Van Horn made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s The Creation in Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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 the Lyric Opera of Chicago.