Christopher Burchett

Christopher Burchett

Christopher Burchett
Gilgamesh MING

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 and Europe including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Estates Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic, 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 described Christopher as a “fearlessly vulnerable” performer “who gave an unflinchingly, heroically human performance that will linger long in the memory.”

Christopher began the 2013 season 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, Christopher was in Boston to take part in Boston Lyric Opera's "Signature Series" recitals and then made a return engagement with The York Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In May, he traveled to London for the European premiere ofOceanic Verses with the BBC Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and then returned to New York to perform in a workshop reading of the new opera La Reina by Jorge Sosa with American Lyric Theatre, singing the role of El Gringo. In the summer, he sang the role of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S Pinafore with Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera) and last fall created the role of Sandro in the world premiere of Paul Richards' opera Biennale with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The remainder of the year included Britten's War Requiem with the Washington National Chorus at the Kennedy Center, Carmina Burana with the Omaha Symphony, Beth Morrison Projects' Liederabend in New York and Handel's Messiah with the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

The 2014 season has Christopher singing the Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera and performing his 10th world premiere creating the roles of Victor and the Producer in the double bill of Embedded and Buried Alive with Fargo Moorhead Opera. He then sings Father Palmer in Kevin Put's Silent Night with Fort Worth Opera and reprises the Soldier in Soldier Songs with The Holland Festival and Beth Morrison Projects in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the fall, Christopher sings Ashby in La Fanciulla del West with Opera Coeur d’Alene and takes part in a concert performance of David Lang’s opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field in New York. He then returns to Virginia Opera to once again sing Captain Cocoran in H.M.S. Pinafore.

Upcoming performances in 2015 include the title roles in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Don Giovanni and Eugene Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee and the role of Antonio in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest with The Shakespeare Concerts.

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 Loesser with the Omaha Symphony.

Christopher can be heard on the Naxos record label in Stephen Hartke’s opera The Greater Good and later this year on the world premiere recordings of Julian Wachner’s oratorio Come My Dark Eyed One, Mohammed Fairouz’s songs Refugee Blues and the title role of Benard Rands’ opera Vincent. Other recordings soon to be released include Paola Prestini's opera Oceanic Verses on the VIA label, David Lang’s opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field on the Canteloupe label and Joseph Summer’s opera The Tempest on Albany Records. He can also currently be heard on the I-tunes label 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.