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 tenors, 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), Lohengrin and Jim Mahoney (Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny). His portrayal of Parsifal from Opernhaus Zürich under Bernard Haitink has been captured on DVD.

One of Britain’s most successful tenors, 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), Lohengrin and Jim Mahoney (Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny). His portrayal of Parsifal from Opernhaus Zürich under Bernard Haitink has been captured on DVD.

The current season brings a return to both Wiener Staatsoper and Dutch National Opera as Parsifal under Semyon Bychkov and Marc Albrecht, respectively, and Max in a new production of Der Freischütz at Opernhaus Zürich. With the Wiener Staatsoper and Ádám Fischer, Christopher Ventris will perform on tour in Japan as Siegmund.

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Contacts

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

Reviews

“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)

“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)

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