Mr. Holmes’ affinity for opera of the 20th century is reflected in his work as the Captain in Bernstein’s Candide, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Top in Copland’s The Tender Land, and Vernon in Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke while covering the role of John Buchanan. With Austin Lyric Opera he appeared in the Texas premiere of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
Other roles include Gaylord Ravenal in Kern’s Show Boat at Utah Festival Opera and Sonora and Sharpless in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly.
In concert repertoire, Mr. Holmes has performed the Fauré Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Brahms’ German Requiem. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana multiple times. Recently he was a soloist with the Utah Symphony and Opera in a variety of operatic selections and on the television broadcast Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
This year Holmes made his international debut in Italy as a guest of Opera Orvieto in the title role of Don Giovanni. He holds degrees in voice and opera from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Temple University.
Executive Director, Utah Lyric Opera / Vocal Coach
A “powerful, melodious baritone” with “soul and passion” is a small sample of the enthusiastic reviews being received by baritone Christopher Holmes. Outstanding musicianship and a rapidly expanding repertoire are quickly establishing this baritone as an artist in demand.
On the operatic stage Holmes has performed over thirty-five roles with noted companies including Austin Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Phoenix Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, San Antonio Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. His Germont with Opera del Sol was praised as being “truly polished, controlled, professional and superb.” His Figaro was declared to have “radiated authority.” His presentation of the secondary baritone role of Wagner in Faust was celebrated as “some of the most stylish singing in the show.”