Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman read biochemistry at Warwick University before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music.
On the opera stage, his recent appearances include the title role of Gawain at the Salzburg Festival, the title role of Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Salzburg Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and the Cologne Opera. Posa / Don Carlo at the Netherlands Opera; Papageno /Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo / Così fan tutte, Forester / The Cunning Little Vixen, Marcello La bohème, Ramiro / L’heure espagnole and Lescaut / Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. His roles at the Glyndebourne Festival have included Papageno, Figaro/ Le nozze di Figaro and Sid / Albert Herring. At the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, he has sung Tarquinius / The Rape of Lucretia, Guglielmo, Marcello and Albert / Werther. Other opera appearances in Europe include Šiškov / From the House of the Dead at the Vienna State Opera; Il Conte / Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra National de Paris and for Zurich Opera; Il Conte and Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas at the Theater an der Wien; Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Marcello at the Liceu, Barcelona; Tarquinius at the Aldeburgh Festival and the English National Opera. An acclaimed Billy Budd, he has sung the role at Welsh National Opera, in Turin, Seattle, Frankfurt and in Munich.
In the U.S. he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno, Harlekin / Ariadne auf Naxos and Silvio / I Pagliacci; in San Francisco as Papageno; in Seattle as Guglielmo and in San Diego as Figaro and Laurent / Therese Raquin by Tobias Picker.
His 2014/15 season included his role debut as Simon Boccanegra at the Frankfurt Opera. This season he sings Conte di Luna / Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His other Verdi roles include Posa (Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam and Frankfurt Opera), and Montfort / Les vêpres siciliennes and Don Carlo / La forza del destino, which he will add in coming seasons. This season also included Alfio / Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio / Pagliacci with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel; Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Beaumarchais / The Ghosts of Versailles at Los Angeles Opera; concert performances of Wotan / Das Rheingold with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung, and a role debut as Golaud / Pelleas und Melisande with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding.
In 2015/16 he sings the title role in Eugene Onegin, Figaro / Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Prospero / The Tempest at the Vienna State Opera; Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and at the Netherlands Opera, Friedrich / Das Liebesverbot in Madrid, and Don Alfonso / Cosi fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.
His concert engagements have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival, Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst, Philharmonia Orchestra / Christoph von Dohnanyi, BBC Symphony Orchestra / John Adams, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment /Sir Roger Norrington, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle, Tadaaki Otaka, Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis, Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala / Daniel Harding, Dresden Staatskapelle / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boston Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon and Sir Colin Davis, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Kurt Masur.
A renowned recitalist, he has appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus; Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Salzburg Mozarteum; Alte Oper in Frankfurt; Philharmonie in Cologne, La Scala, Milan; in New York at both Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center; and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals. He is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.
- 07 Sunday Apr, 2019
Goethe - A Life in Songs: Christopher Maltman & Graham Johnson