Christian Van Horn Bass baritone

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Christian Van Horn studied at Yale University and the Lyric Opera’s Center for American Artists in Chicago. In 2003 he was a winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in 2018 he received the Richard Tucker Award.

He has performed on the stages of numerous theatres including the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Rome and Stuttgart Operas, the Canadian Opera Company, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

His repertoire of roles includes Figaro (Le Nozze de Figaro), Méphistophélès (Faust), Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle and Dappertutto (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Escamillo (Carmen), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Colline (La Bohème), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Timur (Turandot), Banco (Macbeth), Oroveso (Norma), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Gessler (Guillaume Tell), and Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette).

He also performed in the world premiere productions of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul in Santa Fe and Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera.

More recently, he sang the title role of Mefistofele, then appeared as Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Colline (La Bohème) and the Doctor (Wozzeck) at the Metropolitan Opera; Count Walter (Luisa Miller) in Chicago; Claggart (Billy Budd) and Zoroastro (Orlando) in San Francisco, and Méphistophélès (Faust) at the Paris Opera.

Christian Van Horn recorded the role of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Sony Classical and took part in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live broadcasts of Falstaff and The Exterminating Angel. Season 23/24 will see him as Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) in Philadelphia, Colline in New York, the title-role in Don Giovanni in Vienne and Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Munich.

At the Paris Opera: Les Troyens (Narbal), 2019 ; La clemenza di Tito (Publio), 2021 ; Faust (Mephistopheles), 2021, 2022 ; Don Giovanni (title-role), 2022

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 29 March to 25 April 2025

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