An American singer known for an old world lyricism, Christopher Temporelli’s career spans the globe. He is hailed as “triumphant” (Detroit Theater Examiner), “a vibrant force” (Opera News), “total package” (The Globe and Mail) and as “one of the most beautiful bass voices of the time” (KBS radio). Along with opera and concert success, high profile events include the Columbus Day Parade Gala, programmed with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and declared “beautiful” by Maria Bartiromo on ABC TV.
His opera repertoire shows experience and breadth, with performances at Opera Atelier (Toronto) as Nettuno IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA, Michigan Opera Theater as Achilla GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO with David Daniels as Cesare, Glimmerglass Festival as Judge in Glass’ ORPHÉE and Plutone in Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO, Old Hebrew SAMSON ET DALILA at the Seoul Arts Centre in conjunction with Prague State Opera, Colline LA BOHÈME in his debut with Dayton Opera and again with Syracuse Opera, the Judge in Glass’ ORPHÉE with Virginia Opera; Commendatore DON GIOVANNI with Syracuse Opera, Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Opera Memphis and Mississippi Opera, Zuniga CARMEN at Opera Saratoga, Virginia Opera as Angelotti TOSCA; Sorcerer DIDO AND AENEAS with Opera Meraviglia, Impresario in LE CONVENIENZE ED INCONVENIENZE TEATRALI with Opera Saratoga, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA at the Pine Mountain Music Festival, at Fort Worth Opera and Opera Saratoga as Doctor Grenvil in LA TRAVIATA as well as Betto GIANNI SCHICCHI, Pistola (cover) FALSTAFF with New York City Opera and Charles X OUR GIRAFFE (Hays) with the NYC Opera Vox Festival, Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the US debut of ROCKLAND at PIne Mountain Music Festival as Sven Pollki. Notable previous highlights: Grandpa Moss in Copland THE TENDER LAND and Master Pausanias in Chabrier AN INCOMPLETE EDUCATION with Bronx Opera, Father HANSEL AND GRETEL with the Liederkranz Foundation, Escamillo CARMEN and Judge Turpin SWEENEY TODD at the Seagle Music Colony, title role DON PASQUALE with the Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, Don Bartolo LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at Michigan Opera Works and a Czech language performance of the Forester THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN at the University of Michigan.
Concert career includes Beethoven 9th Symphony with the National Arts Centre Orchestra with conductor Pinchas Zukerman, “The Essential Puccini” with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, Mozart Requiem with New York Choral Society, Beethoven 9th Symphony Eulsukdo Symphony Orchestra, Haydn The Creation with Princeton ProMusica; Messiah with St. Mark’s Episcopal and New York Choral Society, Dave Brubeck’s Voice of the Holy Spirit with Dave Brubeck, Faure Requiem with Monmouth Civic Chorus, with Busan Chamber Music Society, Lotte Concert Series Busan, and Kyung Sang Do Orchestra, S. Korea.
On the recital stage Mr Temporelli has given performances at the Liederkranz Foundation at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, Morning Music Club (NY), Art League of Bonita Springs, St. Anne’s Church Belmopan by invitation of Bishop of Belize, Hudson Theater (Andy Anselmo Award, along with Licia Albanese and Carol Channing), Children’s Foundation of Anguilla, Zeffirelli Award winner at the Columbus Citizens’ Foundation, Pusan National University, S. Korea.
Recent debuts include performances at the Arts Center of the National Library in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, a Japanese debut at FFG Bank Hall in Fukuoka, and at Festival Music Alps in Tigne, France. Mr Temporelli received a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, studying with the legendary Shirley Verrett.