Christopher Burchett’s rich, no-holds-barred baritone voice and committed stagecraft have earned him a place on the stages of opera companies throughout the United States including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Eugene Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Kentucky Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Most recently, Opera News (April 2013) described Christopher as a “fearlessly vulnerable” performer “who gave an unflinchingly, heroically human performance that will linger long in the memory.”
Recent engagements have included Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, both with Virginia Opera; Father Palmer in Silent Night with Fort Worth Opera; a reprise of Soldier Songs at the Atlas Theater in Washington, DC; and The Poe Project with Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Current engagements include Don Giovanni with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Sweeney Todd with Eugene Opera; and a return to Forth Worth Opera for The Poe Project, and covering the title role in JKF.
The 2013 season began in New York with the one man opera Soldier Songs by David T. Little as part of the PROTOTYPE New Music Festival produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. Following this he was on to Boston to take part in Boston Lyric Opera’s “Signature Series” recitals, and then a return engagement with The York Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In May Christopher travels to London for the European premiere of Oceanic Verses with the BBC Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, and then returns to New York to perform in a workshop reading of the new opera La Reina with American Lyric Theatre, singing the role of El Gringo. In the summer, Christopher sings the role of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S Pinafore with Opera Saratoga. The fall finds Christopher singing the role of Sandro in his ninth world premiere of Paul Richards’ opera Biennale with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia followed by Carmina Burana with the Omaha Symphony, Beth Morrison Projects’ Liederabend in New York and then finishing 2013 with the Portland Baroque Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Christopher began the 2012 season singing the role of Blazes in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Lighthouse followed by a return to Eugene Opera to sing the role of Chou En-Lai in John Adams’ Nixon in China. Christopher then appeared as a soloist in a series of concerts including Carmina Burana, with The York Symphony Orchestra, Baroque concerts with L’Harmonie des Saisons in Quebec, Canada, Faure’s Requiem with the Omaha Symphony and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee before making his Kennedy Center debut in
Beth Morrison Projects’ world premiere production of Paola Prestini’s opera Oceanic Verses. In the summer Christopher sang the role of Bruno Mahler in Kern and Hammerstein’s Music in the Air with the Music By the Lake Festival, and this past fall he sang the chamber work Einstein on Mercer Street by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts as part of the Trinity Wall Street “Concerts at One” series, traveled to Virginia Opera to sing Dr. Falke in their production of Die Fledermaus and finished the year at Avery Fisher Hall singing Handel’s Messiah with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra. He also had the opportunity to sing on stage with the Rolling Stones for their New York area concerts this past December.
A champion of new music, Christopher has been a part of several world premieres, creating the roles of Orsen in Edwin Penhorwood’s opera Too Many Sopranos with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, M. Carré-Lamadon in Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good with Glimmerglass Opera and Justin in Anthony Davis’ opera Wakonda’s Dream and Baritone Soloist in Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices, both with Opera Omaha. He has also participated in the revival of several 21st century works: the oratorio Restless Mourning by Anthony Davis and the roles of Braxton and Sherrin in Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera The Mines of Sulphur.
Widely sought after for his concert work, Christopher has appeared with many of the country’s finest Bach festivals including the Carmel Bach Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Louisville Bach Society and Bethlehem Bach Festival where he sang Bach’s B Minor Mass as part of an Emmy winning national PBS broadcast entitled “Make a Joyful Noise”. Other concert highlights include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Hampshire Music Festival, Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Britten’s War Requiem with the Louisville Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Princeton Pro Musica and “So in Love With Broadway”, a concert of musical standards and selections of hits from the music of Frank Lesser with the Omaha Symphony.
Christopher can be heard on both the Naxos record label in the world premiere recording of The Greater Good as well as on I-tunes as part of the “Opera America Songbook”, a recorded collection of 47 songs commissioned by Opera America to celebrate the opening of the National Opera Center.
As “Belcore” in L’Elisir d’amore
|Bach||B minor Mass|
|Bach||St. John Passion|
|Bach||St. Matthew Passion|
|Brahms||Ein Deutches Requiem|
|Charpentier||Le Reniement de S. Pierre|
|Haydn||Lord Nelson Mass|
|Schubert||Mass in G|
|Vaughan Williams||A Sea Symphony|
Glimmerglass Opera – Jenufa
“Christopher Burchett was a sonorous Mill Foreman whose baritone enriched the Act 1 quartet.”
– Ithaca Journal, August 4, 2006
Glimmerglass Opera – The Greater Good
“Three of the male leads, all very good, were Christopher Burchett, Andrew Wentzel and John David DeHaan.”
– New York Times, July 24, 2006