Christian Van Horn


This season the American bass-baritone, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus and winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award, sings Escamillo/Carmen in his debut at the Royal Opera House. Van Horn recently made his role debut as Boito’s Mefistofele and appeared as Colline/La bohème and Publio/La clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera. He has also recently reprised his portrayals of Narbal/Les Troyens (Paris) and Escamillo/Carmen (Munich) and returned to San Francisco Opera as Zoroastro/Orlando. His repertoire also includes the Four Villains/Les contes d’Hoffmann (SFO), Gessler/Guillaume Tell (Amsterdam), Zaccaria/Nabucco (Seattle), and Banco/Macbeth (Geneva). Successes in contemporary opera include Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel (Met), Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara (SFO), Tan Dun’s Tea (Santa Fe), David Carlson’s Anna Karenina (Miami, St. Louis), and Joseph Summer’s The Tempest (Boston). Concert engagements include the major orchestras of Berlin, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

Roles at Lyric: Count Walter/Luisa Miller (2019/20); Méphistophélès/Faust (2017/18), Escamillo/Carmen (2016/17), Narbal/Les Troyens (2016/17)

Last updated: July 25, 2022