Division: Vocal Performance
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Christopher Holmes returned to his home Provo after obtaining degrees in opera at the Oberlin College Conservatory, Temple University, teaching voice at Texas State University, and performing throughout the States. With over 35 operatic roles to his credit, Christopher has been featured by companies such as Austin Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Idaho, Phoenix Opera, and San Antonio Opera.
As a full-lyric baritone, Holmes is beginning to make his mark in the Verdi repertoire. 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.” As RIGOLETTO at St. Petersburg Opera a critic indicates that Holmes “had me crying at points– an incredible beautiful lyric baritone with a very clear understanding of who this humiliated and terribly wronged man is.” His GERMONT was praised as “with crystal clear enunciation, truly polished, controlled, professional and superb.”
Last season he was seen as BARONE DOUPHOL at Utah Opera, CONTE ALMAVIVA at Utah Festival Opera, BELCORE at Opera Company of Middlebury, Rossini’s BARTOLO at Western Plains Opera, and ESCAMILLO at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He will join Ohio Light Opera next season singing such roles as BILLY BIGELOW (Carousel) and DON ALHAMBRA (Gondoliers).
Christopher 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.