Christopher Ventris
Tenor

“Christopher Ventris produces a fresh, blossoming tenor, a Siegmund at the height of his vocal powers.” (Die Presse)

Contacts

Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Biography

One of Britain’s most successful tenor exports, Christopher Ventris has forged an international reputation as a fine Wagnerian, with the roles of Siegmund (Die Walküre) and Parsifal playing a particularly prominent role in his career to date. 

Ventris appears on the world’s major stages in a diverse repertoire including Peter Grimes, Max (Der Freischütz), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Laca (Jenůfa), Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina) and Lohengrin. His portrayal of Parsifal from Opernhaus Zürich under Bernard Haitink has been captured on DVD and his Siegmund under Christian Thielemann on CD, live from Wiener Staastoper. 

One of Britain’s most successful tenor exports, Christopher Ventris has forged an international reputation as a fine Wagnerian, with the roles of Siegmund (Die Walküre) and Parsifal playing a particularly prominent role in his career to date. 

Ventris appears on the world’s major stages in a diverse repertoire including Peter Grimes, Max (Der Freischütz), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Laca (Jenůfa), Prince Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina) and Lohengrin. His portrayal of Parsifal from Opernhaus Zürich under Bernard Haitink has been captured on DVD and his Siegmund under Christian Thielemann on CD, live from Wiener Staastoper. 

This season brings a return to Opernhaus Zürich as Jimmy Mahoney (Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) and to Wiener Staatsoper as Parsifal, Lohengrin and Siegmund, as well as a house debut at Staatsoper Hamburg as Florestan (Fidelio) under Kent Nagano.

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Shirley Thomson +44 (0)20 3725 9173
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Reviews

“Jimmy’s aria (the night song) sung by the impressive Christopher Ventris is a highlight of the evening” (Zürichsee Zeitung, November 2017) 

“Christopher Ventris was best in the cast in dealing with the change between singing and speaking and the demands of [Mahagonny. As Jimmy Mahoney] he demonstrated his tenor’s powerful, steadfast core, and always succeeded in carrying his melodies over the large orchestra.” (Musik & Theater, November 2017)

“The vocal star, above all, [was] Christopher Ventris with his burnished Wagner/Britten tenor” (Seen and Heard, November 2017)

“Christopher Ventris sang the rugged lumberjack Jimmy Mahoney with confidence and conviction. His silvery tone around lyrics at his simply-staged trial were as heart-breaking as they were perfectly paced.” (Bachtrack, November 2017) 

“Jimmy’s aria (the night song) sung by the impressive Christopher Ventris is a highlight of the evening” (Zürichsee Zeitung, November 2017) 

“Christopher Ventris was best in the cast in dealing with the change between singing and speaking and the demands of [Mahagonny. As Jimmy Mahoney] he demonstrated his tenor’s powerful, steadfast core, and always succeeded in carrying his melodies over the large orchestra.” (Musik & Theater, November 2017)

“The vocal star, above all, [was] Christopher Ventris with his burnished Wagner/Britten tenor” (Seen and Heard, November 2017)

“Christopher Ventris sang the rugged lumberjack Jimmy Mahoney with confidence and conviction. His silvery tone around lyrics at his simply-staged trial were as heart-breaking as they were perfectly paced.” (Bachtrack, November 2017) 

“Christopher Ventris’ magnificent Wagnerian tenor makes the haunting night song of Jimmy Mahoney [a highlight of the opera].”(Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 2017) 

“Christopher Ventris demonstrated great vocal and dramatic mastery of the role [of Jimmy Mahoney], requiring his Heldentenor strength but without showing any heroism or evoking pity…Ventris maintained a slender tone whilst skilfully placing flashes of vocal colour in just the right places.” (Oper Akutell, November 2017)

“Christopher Ventris’ passionately confused Andrey” (Opera Magazine, October 2017)

“Christopher Ventris’ brilliantly resonant Prince Andrey” (Anna Picard, The Times, August 2017)

“Ventris too – and bravely – achieves a perfect unmannered neutrality [as Parsifal], never rushing in voice or face the revelations that come to him from the Act 2 duet onwards.” (Gramophone Magazine, August 2017)

“Christopher Ventris, one of the most experienced Wagner singers of our time, enchants with his clear tenor.” (News.at, March 2017)

“Christopher Ventris repeated his convincing portrayal of Parsifal and sang with secure tone.” (Opera Magazine, April 2017)

“It is easy to understand why Christopher Ventris has become a much sought-after Parsifal: his handsome timbre is both youthful and heroic, and the ease with which he appears to project his voice is admirable.” (Bachtrack, December 2016)

“Christopher Ventris excelled in the title role.” (Place de L’Opera, December 2016)

“Ventris has sung the title role all over the world, and remains one of its finest exponents. Never one to shout or bark, he phrases intelligently and still packs a mighty punch vocally, and matched Lang in their second act confrontation splendidly. His redemption of Amfortas brought a lump to the throat.” (Music OMH, December 2016) 

“Christopher Ventris is a passionate Parsifal and probably the best there currently is. With his range of colours he approaches perfection.” (Opera Gazet, December 2016)

“Christopher Ventris snag an imposing Max, [with] his radiant, brilliantly secure, and powerful heroic tenor” (Oper Akutell, September 2016)

“Christopher Ventris was the impressive Siegmund, achieving considerable eloquence in Act 2.” (Opera Magazine, Tim Smith, September 2016)

“Christopher Ventris brought earnest, well-schooled Heldentenor tone to Max” (Opera Magazine, August 2016)

“Ventris sang with grave elegance and a heroic sound.” (Anna Picard, The Times, June 2016)

“He sang the role with plenty of lovely, bright tone and sensitivity.” (Opera Magazine, June 2016)

“Christopher Ventris, highly experienced in the title role, sang vividly and with pure tone” (Opera Magazine, March 2016)

“Christopher Ventris brings a clear character, and a lyrical interpretation [to the role of Peter Grimes]” (Altamusica, February 2016)

“Christopher Ventris as Siegmund was vocally impeccable” (Die Presse, February 2016)

“Christopher Ventris, who gave an exciting performance as Peter Grimes in Berlin two days earlier, is a great actor and sings Siegmund with a bright tone, precise diction, demonstrating great ease with the score” (Altamusica, February 2016)

“Christopher Ventris is a particularly attractive Siegmund. His voice is beautifully coloured, and he conducted himself with ease” (Forum Opéra, February 2016)

“Peter Grimes was played by British tenor Christopher Ventris, who gave a remarkable interpretation of this tormented, violent character. His voice suits the role, and he overcame the difficulties of the score” (Seen & Heard, February 2016)

“The central focus of the soloists was Christopher Ventris’ lyrical, almost bel canto-like Parsifal. He brought a youthful voice and passionate interpretation to the role.” (Opernwelt, February 2016)

“Christopher Ventris gave an admirable performance as Parsifal: convincing acting, remarkable projection and vocal beauty.” (Mundo Clásico, December 2015)

“As for Christopher Ventris , who has sung the role of Siegmund in Munich before in 2006, he is still at the peak of his art…his voice had emotional character and made it an amazing evening.” (ResMusica, March 2015)

“British tenor Christopher Ventris is the ideal Lohengrin of his generation; a clear voice with beautiful colour and an apparently inexhaustible vocal power. He portrayed a fully nuanced character.” (Santiago Martín Bermúdez, Concertonet.com, April 2014)

“Catherine Naglestad and Christopher Ventris were excellent, their pure and powerful soprano and tenor voices embodying Elsa and Lohengrin incarnate.” (José Catalán Deus, Guía Cultural, April 2014)

“Christopher Ventris was ideal casting for this take on the title role [Peter Grimes], with his clear, lyrical voice. Now the Great Bear and Pleiades was a thing of beauty, as was the a-capella passage in octaves.” (Carlos Maria Solare, Opera, May 2013)

“A vivid dialogue was fought over Peter between Markus Brueck as Captain and Christopher Ventris in the title role, the Parsifal tenor, gentle and moving in his spiritual agony nearing death.” (Sybill Mahlke, Der Tagesspiegel, January 2013) 

“No less brilliant was Christopher Ventris as Laca, a duplicitous, even masochistic fool.” (Peter Hagmann Neue Zürcher Zeitung, September 2012)

“Authentic vocal heavyweight Christopher Ventris sang Laca with outbursts of heartrending lyricism and plenty of clear projection.” (Yannick Millon, Altamusica, October 2012) 

“Christopher Ventris produces a fresh, blossoming tenor - a Siegmund at the height of his vocal powers.” (Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse, November 2011)