A native Californian, Chris Corley joined the San Francisco Opera Chorus in 1993. His professional singing career started when he was 18 years old, with tenor solo performances of Handel’s Messiah for Merced College. For a number of years he studied and sang classical music for a host of companies in the Central Valley. He began his opera career as a chorus member with the Arizona Opera Company. Upon returning to California, Chris moved to the Bay Area and became a part of the San Francisco Opera family. He made his solo debut with the Company as Second Friend in the 1998 performances of L'incoronazione di Poppea.
During his free time, Chris has performed with other local companies including the San Francisco Opera Guild, Livermore Valley Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, and West Bay Opera. The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Checkalinsky in Queen of Spades, Almaviva in Barber of Seville, and Fredrick in Pirates of Penzance are among the roles he has played.
His solo orchestral and concert performances have included solos for the Santa Cruz Symphony, San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, Schola Cantorum, San Francisco Choral Society, St. Helena Chamber Singers, and Nova Vista Symphony. He has also appeared as a tenor soloist for the Marin and South Peninsula chapters of the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera a la Carte.
Chris’ interests include woodworking, four-wheel driving, and fly fishing. Chris and his wife Julie, who is a historian and video editor, live in Hercules with their two long-haired dachshunds Figaro and Cleo.