Baritone (now Tenor)
New England First Place Winner, 2008
National Council Finalist, 2008
Christopher Magiera, who formerly performed internationally as a baritone singing nearly two hundred performances throughout the world, has recently taken on the tenor repertoire. In the 2014-2015 season he appeared as Don José with Vancouver Opera and as Tracolin in Adplphe Adam’s Le Toreador at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo after earlier ventures at Semperoper Dresden as Licinius in a concert performance of Spontini’s La Vestale and as Count Danilo in Die lustige Witwe. Christopher was on the 2013-2014 Met roster as a tenor and covered the Congressional Page in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Christopher is an alumnus of Wake Forest University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music. In 2008, he was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, and next joined an apprentice program at the Opernstudio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In 2010, after performing the title role in Eugene Onegin with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and performing in the Met in the Park summer series, Christopher embarked on two seasons (2010-2012) as a member of the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper, where his roles included Schaunard and Marcello in La bohème, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Olivier in Capriccio, and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore. Other career highlights include the title role in Don Giovanni with Opera Colorado, the Captain in The Death of Klinghofffer in St. Louis and with English National Opera, and Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles in his Santa Fe Opera debut.
As a tenor, in 2015 Christopher won the Grand Prize in the Partners for the Arts Competition and Second Prize in the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, along with 2014 awards from the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Earlier as a baritone, Chris was an international finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia, and received the 2010 Grand Prize of the Sullivan Foundation and First Place in the 2008 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, as well as awards from the Jensen Foundation, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Florida Grand Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, Bel Canto Foundation, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.
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