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 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, Christopher travelled to London for the European première of Oceanic 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 rôle of El Gringo. In the summer, he sang the rôle of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S Pinafore with Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera). In the fall of 2013, Christopher sang the rôle of Sandro in the world première of Paul Richards’s opera Biennale with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia followed by 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 finished 2013 with the Portland Baroque Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah.
The 2014 season has Christopher singing the Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera and performing his 10th world première creating the rôles 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 Puts’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 of 2014, Christopher returns to Virginia Opera to once again sing Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Future engagements include the title rôle in Sweeney Todd with Eugene Opera and a return to Fort Worth Opera for the world première of Libby Larsen’s A Wrinkle in Time.
A champion of new music, Christopher has been a part of several world premières, creating the rôles 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’s 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 rôles 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, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Britten’s War Requiem with the Louisville Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’s 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 has recorded with the Naxos record label on The Greater Good by Stephen Hartke and on the world première recordings of Come, My Dark-Eyed One by Julian Wachner and song selections by Mohammed Fairouz and can soon be heard on the VIA label in Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses. He can also be heard on the iTunes 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.
Role: Classical Artist