Bass-baritone Christopher Job makes his LA Opera debut as Doctor Grenvil in "La Traviata."
Praised for his “commanding sonority” (Opera News) and described as “handsome, agile, and with a voice to match” (Boulder Daily Camera), bass-baritone Christopher Job is a “rising star on the American opera scene” (Grand Junction Free Press). This season, he performs as a soloist in performances of masterworks such as Handel’s Messiah with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a Vaughan Williams Christmas concert with Lexington Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with DCINY. He also returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Sciarrone in Tosca.
Last season, Job performed Ashby in The Girl of the Golden West with New York City Opera, Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Opera Fairbanks, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Idaho, and Sciaronne in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, Job returned to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Cendrillon and Roméo et Juliette, and performed various masterworks including Verdi’s Requiem with Distinguished Concerts in New York, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with DCINY in Barcelona and for the Phoenix Symphony, Puf in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass for MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall, and Handel’s Messiah with DCINY at Carnegie Hall and Hitchcock Presbyterian Church. This past summer he performed Aguirre in Brokeback Mountain for New York City Opera, Montano in Otello for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Wolf/Prince in Into the Woods with Charlottesville Opera.
A house favorite at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Job has been engaged by the company since the beginnings of his career in his debut for their production of The Nose under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Other notable engagements there include the role of Sir Gualtiero Raleigh in Roberto Devereux and their productions of Don Carlo, The Enchanted Island, The Nose, Janáček’s From the House of the Dead and Lulu. He also can be seen on two “Live in HD” broadcasts as Brühlmann in Werther and in Macbeth.
Quickly becoming one of his signature roles, he has performed Olin Blitch in Susannah to critical acclaim with Opera Idaho and in his debut with Ash Lawn Opera. Critics wrote: “Bass-baritone Christopher Job sings stunningly well as the Olin Blitch, the preacher dealing with his own demons.”
Recently, Mr. Job appeared in productions of some of opera’s best-known titles throughout the country. Some highlights include the creation of the role of Senator Thomas Jordon in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Putz’ The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera; his debut in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; his debut as Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera Virginia; Angelotti in Tosca with New York City Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; Hobson in Peter Grimes at the Princeton Festival; Colline in La Bohème with Lyric Opera Baltimore; and Fifth Jew in Salome with Palm Beach Opera. He also had a featured role in On the Town in his debut with Barrington Stage Company.
A globally sought-after artist, Mr. Job has been featured in many impressive international opera houses. Some highlights include the role of Alidoro in La Cenerentola in his French debut with Le festival de Belle-Île-en-Mer and the roles of Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Il Podestà in La Gazza Ladra in his Italian debut with Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Additional international engagements include numerous other opera and concert appearances in countries such as France, Italy, Israel, Austria, the UK, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
With an admirable repertoire, notable previous engagements also include the role of Kilan in Der Freischütz with Des Moines Metro Opera; Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette and Count Horn in Un Ballo in Maschera as a resident artist with Minnesota Opera; Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Zuniga in Carmen, and General Godofredo de la Barca in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s La Curandera all with Opera Colorado; and Caronte in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, The Poet in Phillip Glass’s Orphée, and Capellio in I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Glimmerglass Opera.
An experienced concert artist, Mr. Job performed the bass solo on a multitude of popular works at some of the leading venues in the country. Often performing on the stages of Carnegie Hall, his previous concerts at the hall include Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah, which he has also performed with Avery Fisher Hall and on tours with Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Other highlights include a performance of Haydn’s Creation with Greeley Philharmonic and Concord Symphony; many of Beethoven’s works including Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, Christ on the Mount of Olives with St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Missa Solemnis with Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and, under the baton of Rob Fisher, a performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, where he was featured in the Cockney Quartet in My Fair Lady, sharing the stage with Kelsey Grammer and Brian Dennehy.
A Grand Prize Winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and a second place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Upper Midwest Region and the Rocky Mountain region, he received his master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University.