Christopher Maltman read biochemistry at Warwick University before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music.
He is a world-renowned Don Giovanni and has sung the role at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Salzburg Festival; the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Cologne Opera; the Netherlands Opera; the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Ravinia Festival, San Sebastian Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart New York and in Beijing. He also starred in Kaspar Holten’s film, ‘Juan’.
A favourite at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his roles have included Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen, Marcello/La bohème, Ramiro/L’Heure Espagnole, Lescaut/Manon Lescaut and Conte di Luna/Il trovatore. He returned last season to sing Enrico/Lucia di Lammermoor. At the Glyndebourne Festival he has sung Papageno/ Die Zauberflöte, Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro and Sid/Albert Herring. A regular guest at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, he has sung Tarquinius/The Rape of Lucretia, Alfonso/Cosi, Marcello, Vitelozzo Tamare/Die Gezeichneten and Albert/Werther. Following his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011 as Šiškov/From the House of the Dead, he has returned to sing Eugene Onegin, Figaro/Il Barbiere de Sivigilia, Prospero/The Tempest, Mandryka/Arabella and Ford/Falstaff.
Elsewhere in Europe, he has sung Il Conte/Le Nozze at the Opéra National de Paris and in Zurich; Figaro/Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Staatopser, Berlin; Marcello/La bohème at the Liceu, Barcelona; Oreste/Iphigénie en Tauride at the Salzburg Easter Festival, the title role of Birtwistle’s Gawain at the Salzburg Festival, and in 2016 his first Wozzeck at Netherlands Opera. An acclaimed Billy Budd, he has sung the role at the Welsh National Opera and in Turin, Seattle, Munich and Frankfurt, where he returned last season for Guy de Montfort/Les Vepres siciliennes.
In the U.S. he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Rossini’s Figaro, Papageno, Harlekin/Ariadne auf Naxos and Silvio/I Pagliacci and Lescaut, returning last season for Alfonso; in San Francisco as Papageno; in Seattle as Guglielmo; in San Diego as Figaro and Laurent/Therese Raquin by Tobias Picker, and in Los Angeles as Beaumarchais/The Ghost of Versailles (2017 Best Opera Grammy Award) and as Alfio/Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio/Pagliacci with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.
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 / James Conlon and Sir Colin Davis, Los Angeles Philharmonic / Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic / Kurt Masur. 2018/19 includes returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Marnie, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Frankfurt Opera for La forza del destino, Wiener Staatsoper and the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for Rigoletto and the Salzburg Festival for Oedipe.
Winner of the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize early in his career, he remains a committed recitalist and 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 London’s Wigmore Hall.
- 07 Sunday Apr, 2019
Goethe - A Life in Songs: Christopher Maltman & Graham Johnson