(Long Island, New York)
2018–19 Season: Zoroastro, Orlando
2019–20 Season: John Claggart, Billy Budd; Don Ruy Gomez de Silva, Ernani
Christian Van Horn returns to San Francisco Opera for three upcoming role debuts—Zoroastro in Orlando (Summer 2019), John Claggart in Billy Budd (Fall 2019) and Don Ruy Gomez de Silva in Ernani (Summer 2020). The American bass-baritone made his Company debut in 2010 as the King of Egypt in Aida and has since appeared in fourteen roles including the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Oroveso (Norma), Timur (Turandot), Colline (La Bohème), Count Horn (Un Ballo in Maschera), Narbal (Les Troyens), and Fedor von Bock in the world premiere of Marco Tutino's Two Women.
A recipient of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award, this season Van Horn returns to the Metropolitan Opera for his titular role debut in Mefistofele, as well as productions of La Bohème (Colline) and La Clemenza di Tito (Publio). He also debuts at the Opéra National de Paris as Narbal and returns to the Bavarian State Opera as Escamillo (Carmen).
His many roles also include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mephistopheles in Faust, Enrico in Anna Bolena, Banquo in Macbeth, Zaccaria in Nabucco, and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette. He also appeared in the world premieres of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at the Santa Fe Opera and in the American premiere of Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel at the Metropolitan Opera.
In concert, he recently debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s The Creation at Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival.