Christian Van Horn


The American bass-baritone, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus and winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award, was acclaimed at the Metropolitan Opera last season for his role debut as Boito’s Mefistofele, and as Colline/La bohème and Publio/La clemenza di Tito. He also reprised Narbal/Les Troyens (Paris) and Escamillo/ Carmen (Munich), and returned to San Francisco Opera as Zoroastro/Orlando (his 15th SFO role). The 2019/20 season brings Van Horn to the Met (Wozzeck, La Cenerentola) and SFO (Ernani, Billy Budd). His diverse repertoire also encompasses Mozart’s Figaro (Stuttgart), 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. Christian Van Horn’s appearance is generously sponsored by Lois B. Siegel.

Previously at Lyric: 17 roles since 2004|05, most recently Walter/Luisa Miller (2019|20), Méphistophélès/Faust (2017|18); Escamillo/Carmen, Narbal/Les Troyens (both 2016|17)

 Last updated: October 12, 2019