Christian Van Horn



This season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn makes his debut at the San Diego Opera as Colline in La bohème and returns  to both the Bayerische Staatsopera as the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann and to the San Francisco Opera for Norma, Un Ballo in Maschera, Cenerentola, La bohème, Les Troyens, and the premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women.

Mr. Van Horn recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in La bohème and as Pistola in a new production of Falstaff with James Levine. Other recent opera engagement have included the Four Villains, Timur in Turandot, and the King in Aida at the San Francisco Opera; Angelotti in Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Timur at the Portland Opera, Claudio in Agrippina, at the Boston Lyric Opera, Colline and Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at the Santa Fe Opera, Colline at the Los Angeles Opera, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at the Arizona Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre, Karenin in Anna Karenin (world premiere) and Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Florida Grand Opera, and  Karenin, Angelotti, and the Immigration Officer in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Flight at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. In Europe he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Carmen and  Roméo et Juliette,  as Colline,  Oroveso in Norma and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly at the the Bayerische Staatsoper; Tosca, Don Carlo, and Tannhäuser at the Munich Festival; Gessler in Guillaume Tell at the Netherlands Opera, Banquo in Macbeth at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Figaro at the Stuttgart Opera. A graduate of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mr. Van Horn has appeared in the company’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Les Contes d’Hoffman, La Damnation de Faust, The Pearl Fishers, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, and Aida

In concert, Mr. Van Horn has appeared at the at the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, at Carnegie Hall in a concert programmed by the Emerson String Quartet as part of their Perspective Series, and in performances of Tippet’s Child of Our Time with the Chicago Symphony (with Sir Andrew Davis), Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony, and the opening concerts of the Bard Music Festival.

A new recording of Le nozze di Figaro with Mr. Horn singing the title role was recently released by SONY Classical.

Mr. Van Horn received his Master’s degree in music from Yale University. His numerous awards include winner at the 2003 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2003 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, first place at the 2002 MacAllister Competition Collegiate Division, prize winner in the 2002 Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, and the Richman Award from Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
September 2014


“The excellent bass-baritone Christian Van Horn etched another superb character portrait as Publio, captain of the Praetorian Guard, singing with sonorous depth and surprising agility for such a big voice.”

Chicago Classical Review

“Christian Van Horn…In this ‘Bohéme’ he sings Colline, a role that better reveals his sturdy voice and commanding presence. He gives a distinguished account of Colline’s aria of farewell to his coat.”

The New York Times