Considered one of Britain's most successful tenors, Christopher Ventris enjoys particular renown in the Wagnerian repertoire which has been central to his international career over the last two decades.
An acclaimed debut at Bayreuther Festspiele as Parsifal in Stefan Herheim’s new production, conducted by Daniele Gatti, was voted Production of the Year by Opernwelt magazine and led to a number of other appearances in the role including Wiener Staatsoper under Franz Welser-Möst, Bayerische Staatsoper with Kent Nagano, Valencia’s Palau de les Arts under the late Lorin Maazel, Dutch National Opera with Iván Fischer, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Bernard Haitink, Opéra national de Paris under Hartmut Haenchen, and San Francisco Opera with Donald Runnicles. His portrayal of the role from Opernhaus Zürich, also conducted by Bernard Haitink, was captured on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon.
Christopher Ventris sang his first Lohengrin at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and has reprised the role at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real Madrid and The Dallas Opera - the latter earning him the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Award. He has appeared as Siegmund (Die Walküre) in Vienna (under both Christian Thielemann and Sir Simon Rattle), Bayreuth, Washington, Venice, Amsterdam, Budapest, Napoli and in his debut at Semperoper Dresden. Paris saw his role debut as Tannhäuser under Sir Mark Elder, and he sang his first Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) for San Francisco Opera, as well as the title role in the lesser-performed Rienzi at the Salzburger Festspiele under Philippe Jordan.
Other pivotal roles in Christopher’s repertoire include Peter Grimes which he has performed in Zürich and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Florestan (Fidelio) which marked his debut at Washington National Opera, Sergei (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) in Geneva, Madrid, London and Brussels, and Jimmy Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) at Opernhaus Zürich and at the Staatsopers of both Berlin and Vienna. Števa in Janáček’s Jenůfa marked his debut at the Metropolitan Opera moving on to sing Laca in the acclaimed production by Dmitri Tcherniakov at Opernhaus Zürich. Further appearances include Max (Der Freischütz) which marked his debut at Teatro alla Scala going on to further production in Zurich, Berlin and in Japan, the title role in Pfitzner’s Palestrina at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, and Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina) at Wiener Staatsoper and at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2017 BBC Proms, both conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
Christopher Ventris’ 2018/19 season is dominated by his long-awaited debut in Wagner’s epic Tristan und Isolde, in a new production by Ralf Pleger at La Monnaie, and conducted by Music Director Alain Altinoglu. Elsewhere in the season he returns, among others, to Wiener Staatsoper as Siegmund under Axel Kober and as Max under Sebastian Weigle.