This season, 2018 Richard Tucker Award winner Christian Van Horn returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Julio in the American premiere of Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel and in productions of The Magic Flute and La bohème. The bass-baritone also returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mephistopheles in Faust and the Canadian Opera Company for his role debut as Enrico in Anna Bolena, made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s The Creation in Carnegie Hall, and sang Handel’s Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor. Next season he makes his debut at the Paris Opera as Narbal in Les Troyens, and returns to the Bayersiche Staatsoper as Escamillo in Carmen, the San Francisco Opera as Zoroastro in Orlando, and to the Metropolitan Opera for his role debut as the title role in Mefistofele and in the productions of La bohème and La Clemenza di Tito.
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, Colline in La bohème, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Timur in Turandot, Banquo in Macbeth, Oroveso in Norma, Zaccaria in Nabucco , the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, 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.
In concert, Mr. Van Horn recently made his debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also appeared at the at the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, at Carnegie Hall in a concert programmed by the Emerson String Quartet as part of their Perspective Series, and in performances of Tippet’s Child of Our Time with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony, the Mozart Requiem at both the Mostly Mozart Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the opening concerts of the Bard Music Festival.
Mr. Van Horn recorded the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for SONY Classical. He also recently appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcast of Falstaff.
Mr. Van Horn received his Master of Music degree from Yale University and is a graduate of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to the prestigious Tucker Award, he has been the recipient of numerous accolades including a win 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.