Holmes, Christopher
Adjunct Instructor
(512) 228-9320
Last Updated: 4/25/19 -

Christopher Holmes returned to his home Provo after obtaining degrees in opera at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Temple University, teaching voice at Texas State University, and performing throughout the United States. With over 35 operatic roles to his credit, Christopher 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 with such roles as DI LUNA, RENATO, and RIGOLETTO.   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.”  His GERMONT was praised as “with crystal clear enunciation, truly polished, controlled, professional and superb.”  But his versatility continues to make him adept at the bass-baritone roles of Mozart and Rossini such as DON ALFONSO in Così fan tutte and BARTOLO in Il barbiere di Siviglia 

This season he was seen as BELCORE in Opera Company of Middlebury’s production and subsequent tour of L'elisir d’amore, BARTOLO in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Western Plains Opera, ESCAMILLO with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and the PIRATE KING in The Pirates of Penzance at Rimrock Opera/NOVAPreviously he was seen with Cleveland Opera Theater as FIGARO in Le nozze di Figaro and made a return to Gulfshore Opera touring opera selections as MARCELLO (La Boheme), GERMONT (La Traviata), and the title role of RIGOLETTO. This summer, he returns to sing with the Utah Festival Opera for his fourth season in the role of IL CONTE D'ALMAVIVA (Le nozze di Figaro).  Additionally this upcoming year, he will debut the title role of RIGOLETTO at St. Petersburg Opera Company.  

Mr. Holmes has remained engaged in his Utah community by serving as the Utah Lyric Opera General Director from 2009-2015. His local performance engagements have included appearances with Ballet West, Salt Lake Choral Artists, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Symphony and Opera, and many more with such works as Bach’s St. John Passion, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms' A German Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Faure Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem and Verdi's Messa di Requiem. He has also performed Handel's Messiah on several occasions, selections from Porgy and Bess, and pops concerts with music of Gershwin, Kern, and Porter.

Christopher made his Italian debut in the role of Don Giovanni as a guest artist of Opera Orvieto. He 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.  He is a parent of three children with his wife Erin Kramer Holmes, Associate Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University.