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Christopher Ventris


Christopher Ventris has performed on the world’s most important stages, enjoyed enduring collaborations with many esteemed conductors and is considered internationally to be one of today’s finest tenors.While Wagner’s music has played an important role in Ventris’ international career, a diverse and wide-ranging repertoire has also been key in his lasting success.

Ventris made a long anticipated role debut last season as Tristan in Wagner’s epic Tristan und Isolde under Alain Altinoglu at Theatre de la Monnaie, to great acclaim: “In the love duet, he sang with honeyed warmth, blending handsomely with Isolde and the orchestra below ……..”. The current season brings further Tristan performances, this time semi-staged, at Royal Danish Opera and conducted by Lothar Koenigs alongside a return to the Metropolitan opera in a role debut as Tambour-Major (Wozzeck), conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and in William Kentridge’s production. In addition to concert performances of Die Walküre with the Dresden Philharmonie under Marek Janowski and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov, he joins Robert Carsen’s production at Teatro Real Madrid under Pablo Heras-Casado and also returns to Staatsoper Hamburg as Parsifal.

Christopher Ventris appeared as Peter Grimes at Opernhaus Zürich and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florestan (Fidelio) at Washington National Opera, Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in Geneva, Madrid, London and Brussels, and Jimmy Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at both Berliner and Wiener Staatsoper. Števa in Janáček’s Jenůfa marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera before graduation to Laca which he sang most recently in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production at Opernhaus Zürich. Max (Der Freischütz) marked his debut at Teatro alla Scala and he appeared as Pfitzner’s Palestrina at Bayerische Staatsoper. His role debut as Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina) at Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Semyon Bychkov, was subsequently seen at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2017 BBC Proms.

An acclaimed debut at Bayreuther Festspiele as Parsifal in Stefan Herheim’s new production, conducted by Daniele Gatti, led to a number of other appearances in the role including at Wiener Staatsoper (Franz Welser-Möst), Bayerische Staatsoper (Kent Nagano), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Bernard Haitink), Opéra national de Paris (Hartmut Haenchen), San Francisco Opera (Donald Runnicles) and is immortalised on DVD from Opernhaus Zürich (Haitink). Ventris has appeared as Siegmund (Die Walküre) at Wiener Staatsoper (Sir Simon Rattle), Bayreuth, Washington, Amsterdam, Budapest, at Semperoper Dresden, and features on CD live from Wiener Staastoper under Christian Thielemann. Ventris joined Philippe Jordan at Salzburger Festspiele in the title role of the lesser-performed Rienzi, made his role debut as Tannhäuser under Sir Mark Elder at Opéra national de Paris, and appeared as Lohengrin at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real Madrid and The Dallas Opera.

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