Christian Van Horn

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Christian Van Horn (born 1978 in Rockville Centre, New York) is an American operatic bass-baritone and has appeared with many of the world's most prestigious opera companies, including San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Los Angeles Opera, The Grand Théâtre du Genève, and Canadian Opera Company. His roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Mephistopheles in Faust, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Escamillo in Carmen, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Banquo in Macbeth, Colline in La Bohème, and Claudio in Aggrippina. Van Horn has also appeared as a concert soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others.


This season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn returns to the Metropolitan Opera for his role debut as the title role in Mefistofele and in productions of La bohème and La Clemenza di Tito. He also makes his debut at the Paris Opera as Narbal in Les Troyens, and returns to the Bayersiche Staatsoper as Escamillo in Carmen and the San Francisco Opera as Zoroastro in Orlando.

Mr. Van Horn has appeared in many of the great opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Bayerische Staatsoper, Rome Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Netherlands Opera, and at the Salzburg and Munich festivals. His many roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Mephistopheles in Faust, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Anna Bolena, Colline in La bohème, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Timur in Turandot, Banquo in Macbeth, Oroveso in Norma, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Gessler in Guillaume Tell, and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette. He also appeared in the world premieres of Tan Dun's Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at the Santa Fe Opera and Marco Tutino's Two Women at the San Francisco Opera, and in the American premiere of Thomas Adés' The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera.

In concert, Mr. Van Horn recently made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Haydn's The Creation in Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Bard Music Festival, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Mr. Van Horn recorded the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for SONY Classical. He also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of Falstaff and The Exterminating Angel.

Mr. Van Horn is the recipient of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award. He received his Master's degree in music from Yale University and is a graduate of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. His other numerous awards include winner at the 2003 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2003 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, first place at the 2002 MacAllister Competition Collegiate Division, prize winner in the 2002 Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, and the Richman Award from Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

In addition to the upcoming release of Sony Classical's Figaro, Van Horn can also be heard on several previously-released commercial recordings. These include Bizet's Carmen with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI, a live recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of David Carlson's Anna Karenina for Signum Classics with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Stewart Robertson. Van Horn may be seen on DVD in the Salzburg Festival's production of Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Deutsche Grammophon) as well as in Christoph Loy's production of Lucrezia Borgia with the Bayerische Staatsoper for Medici Arts.

Other past season highlights have included appearances with the Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Oper Stuttgart, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Seattle Symphony, to name a few. Van Horn studied with Richard Cross (bass-baritone) at Yale University School of Music where he received a master's degree in Voice and Opera[1] in 2003. Van Horn was a member of the Ryan Opera Center for two years with Lyric Opera of Chicago and spent two seasons on the ensemble roster of the Bayerische Staatsoper. He is originally from Long Island, New York, and currently makes his home between engagements near Richmond, Virginia. Van Horn is represented by Caroline Woodfield of Opus 3 Artists.

Opera roles[edit]

Mefistofele, Mefistofele (Boito) Claggart, Billy Budd, (Britten)
4 Villains, Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach) Narbal, Les Troyens, (Berlioz)
Alidoro, Cenerentola (Rossini) Nourabad, Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
Banco, Macbeth (Verdi) Oroveso, Norma (Bellini)
Biterolf, Tannhäuser (Wagner) Publio, La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Claudio, Agrippina (Handel) Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Colline, La Bohème (Puccini) Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Escamillo, Carmen (Bizet) Timur, Turandot (Puccini)
Zaccharia, Nabucco (Verdi) Prefetto, Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti)
Pistola, Falstaff (Verdi) Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Friar, Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) Ferrando, Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Mephistopheles, Faust (Gounod) Donner, Das Rheingold (Wagner)



  • Colline in Puccini's La Boheme with Conductor Carlo Rizzi, released 2017, METROPOLITAN OPERA [2]
  • Prospero in Summer's The Tempest with Conductor Stefan Lano, released 2015, ALBANY Records [2]
  • Donner in Wagners's Das Rheingold with Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunks, released 2015, BR Klassik [3]
  • Pistola in Verdi's Falstaff with Conductor James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, released 2015, DECCA [4]
  • Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Conductor Teodor Currentzis and the Musica Aeterna, released 2013, Sony [1]
  • Karenin in Carlson's Anna Karenina with Conductor Stewart Robertson and the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, released 2009, Signum Classics[5]
  • Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen with Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, released 2012, EMI Classics
  • Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Conductor Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, released 2011, Live Recording
  • So Many Journeys, Songs of Joseph Summer, released 2009, Albany Records
  • Astolfo in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia with Conductor Bertrand de Billy and Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra, director Christof Loy, released 2009, EuroArts DVD
  • Le Duc in Gounod's Romeo and Juliette with Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, released 2009, Deutsch Grammaphon


  1. ^ "Yale School of Music Alumni website". Yale University. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Tempest: A Chamber Opera". Albany Records. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  3. ^ "Tomasz Konieczny, Michael Volle, Christian Van Horn, Bemjamin Bruns, Burkhard Ulrich, Elisabeth Kulman, Annette Dasch, Janina Baechle, Herwig Pecoraro, Peter Rose, Eric Halfvarson, Mirella Hagen, Stefanie Irányi, Eva Vogel, Richard Wagner, Simon Rattle, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Wagner: Das Rheingold - Music". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ "Falstaff: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus Levine Blu-ray 2015: Metropolitan Opera, Levine: DVD & Blu-ray". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ MALAFRONTE, Judith. "OperaNews". CARLSON: Anna Karenin. Metropolitan Opera Guild. Retrieved November 28, 2012.

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