Vocalist - Baritone

Christopher Magiera has been noted for his “manly, vibrant baritone of uncommon distinction” by Opera Today, and was praised by the critic of the New York Times for his performance in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer: “Among a uniformly outstanding cast, Christopher Magiera, a handsome baritone, stands out as a warm, brave and sympathetic Captain.” He has been seen on stages throughout the world in leading baritone repertoire with renowned conductors such as Kent Nagano, Riccardo Frizza, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Jurowski, Emmanuel Villaume, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Frederic Chaslin.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Magiera sang Jim Crowley in Jack Perla’s An American Dream his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Robert in Iolanta and Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick in his debut with Chicago Opera Theater, and Carmina Burana with Evanston Symphony Orchestra. His 2017-18 engagements included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Naples; and Bach's cantata Ich habe genug, BWV 82, with DePaul Concert Orchestra.

Mr. Magiera’s recent successes include roles in several contemporary works: Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Fresno Grand Opera; the title role in Hannah Lash’s Beowulf and the Fugitive in Stewart Copeland’s The Invention of Morel at the OPERA America New Works Forum; and John Adams’ The Wound Dresser with McLean Orchestra. Other recent engagements include Sharpless with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Danilo in Die lustige Witwe and Licinius in La Vestale with Semperoper Dresden; Marcello in La bohème with Charleston Opera; Tracolin in Le Toreador with Teatro Massimo Palermo and the OPERA America New Works Forum; Bach cantatas with Toledo Symphony Orchestra; Dvořák’s Requiem with the Berkshire Choral Festival; Carmen with Vancouver Opera; and joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Nico Muhly's Two Boys.

Mr. Magiera has brought his acclaimed Captain in The Death of Klinghoffer to both English National Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Other leading opera roles include Valentin in Faust and Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Santa Fe Opera; the title role of Eugene Onegin with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and at the Knowlton Festival of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Semperoper Dresden; and the title role of Don Giovanni with Opera Colorado.

A frequent soloist in Carmina Burana, Mr. Magiera has sung the work with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra of Ankara, Turkey, at the Richard Tucker Gala at David Geffen Hall, and with the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series. He also recently appeared in a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations at the U.N. Headquarters with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu.

Mr. Magiera was a National Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition, and a Grand Prize winner of the Sullivan Foundation. Other awards include prizes from the Jensen Foundation, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, Bel Canto Foundation, and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. He is an alumnus of the Opernstudio at Bayerische Staatsoper, where he appeared in a variety of mainstage operas at the historic Cuvillés-Theatre. He attended the Yale School of Music and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Wake Forest University, from which he graduated with honors and distinction.


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