Christian Van Horn



This season, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Julio in the American premiere of Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel and in productions of The Magic Flute and La bohème. He also returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mephistopheles in Faust and the Canadian Opera Company as the Emperor in The Nightingale, and sings Handel’s Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor.

Mr. Van Horn has appeared in many of the great opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Bayerische Staatsoper, Rome Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Netherlands Opera, and at the Salzburg and Munich festivals.  His many roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Colline in La bohème, Alindoro in La Cenerentola, Timur in Turandot, Banquo in Macbeth, Oroveso in Norma, Zaccaria in Nabucco , the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Escamillo in Carmen, Gessler in Guillaume Tell, 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 Marco Tutino’s Two Women at the San Francisco Opera.

In concert, Mr. Van Horn recently made his debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also appeared at the Salzburg 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 Orchestra, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Pacific Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem at both the Mostly Mozart Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the opening concerts of the Bard Music Festival.

Mr. Horn recorded the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for SONY Classical. He also recently appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Falstaff.

Mr. Van Horn received his Master’s degree in music from Yale University and is a graduate of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 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 the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

August 2017


“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

More Reviews

“Equally impressive, in the major role he deserves, is the towering Christian Van Horn. With a strong, bright voice whose thrilling natural resonance was further amplified by the set’s vocally supportive reflective surfaces, Van Horn’s opening night performance was the personification of unshakable evil from first note to last.”

Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice 

“Christian Van Horn delivers an exceptional bass-baritone as Raimondo.”

Southtown Star by Betty Mohr