“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 season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago special concert of excerpts from Atilla and returned to the Paris Opera as Mephistopheles in Faust. This season he makes his role debut as the title role in Don Giovanni at the Paris Opera, and returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Banquo in Macbeth, and to the Metropolitan Opera as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. He also stars in the Washington National Opera’s Come Home: A Celebration of Return, a special concert celebrating the opera company’s return to the Kennedy Center following it closure due to the pandemic.
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, 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, 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 recently made his debut at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Creon in Oedipus Rex. He has also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra (in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall), 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.