Since early debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, Opera North and English National Opera, Christopher Ventris has forged an international reputation as one of Britain's most successful tenors.
Wagnerian repertoire has been central to Christopher’s career in the last decade. He made his highly acclaimed debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Parsifal in Stefan Herheim’s 2008 production under Daniele Gatti - voted production of the year by Opernwelt magazine. He has also sung the role at the Wiener Staatsoper (under Franz Welser-Möst), Bayerische Staatsoper (Kent Nagano), Valencia’s Palau de les Arts (Lorin Maazel) and De Nederlandse Opera (Iván Fischer), and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu. His portrayal of the role from Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Bernard Haitink, is available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon.
Christopher sang his first Lohengrin at the Teatro Comunale de Bologna, and has reprised the role at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real Madrid and The Dallas Opera - the latter earning him the 2007 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award. He has sung Siegmund at Wiener Staatsoper (under Christian Thielemann) and at La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, De Nederlandse Opera and Oper Köln. The Opéra national de Paris saw his role debut as Tannhäuser under Sir Mark Elder and he sang his first Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) at San Francisco Opera. Last season he made a successful debut in the title role of Rienzi at the Salzburger Festspiele under Philippe Jordan.
Other key roles in Christopher’s career include Steva (Jenůfa) - which marked his debut at The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Grimes at Opernhaus Zürich and Deutsche Oper Berlin and Florestan (Fidelio) in his debut at Washington National Opera. Further appearances include Max (Der Freischütz) at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro alla Scala; Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) at Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie, Teatro Real, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Covent Garden and De Nederlandse Opera; the title role in Pfitzner’s Palestrina at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Jim Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Christopher’s 2014/15 season brings another role debut: Prince Andrey Khovansky in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina under Semyon Bychkov at the Wiener Staatsoper. He also sings Jim Mahoney at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden under Wayne Marshall and returns to Vienna as Siegmund (Die Walküre) under Sir Simon Rattle. In concert this season Christopher Ventris performs Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under John Fiore.