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Christopher Holmes

Christopher Holmes

Adjunct Professor of Voice

Office: NC-705

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Biography

With over 40 operatic roles to his credit, baritone Christopher Holmes has been featured by companies such as Austin Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Opera, Juneau Lyric Opera, and San Antonio Opera.

A "powerful, melodious baritone" with "soul and passion" is a small sample of enthusiastic reviews being received by Holmes. As a full-lyric baritone, Holmes is beginning to make his mark in the Verdi repertoire. As IAGO with Winter Opera St. Louis critics commented, Holmes sings Iago "with clarity and power, and with a skilled actor's ability to convey mood and character" and with "control and subtlety." As RIGOLETTO at St. Petersburg Opera a critic indicates that Holmes "had me crying at points-- an incredibly beautiful lyric baritone with a very clear understanding of who this humiliated and terribly wronged man is." His GERMONT was praised as "with crystal clear enunciation, truly polished, controlled, professional and superb."

Activities in 2022 have included MARCELLO (Boheme) at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, baritone soloist in Dwight Bigler's MOSAIC FOR EARTH at Virginia Tech, covering SCARPIA at Utah Opera, and Vaughan William's DONA NOBIS PACEM at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

Christopher developed a love for the Italian people and culture having lived in the central area of Italy for two years. Major influences on his teaching philosophy come from renowned author, pedagogue, and tenor Richard Miller with whom he studied at Oberlin, and Italian coach/conductor Nicolas Giusti with whom he works and collaborates frequently.