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Christopher Feigum

  • Baritone

Biography

During the 2009/10 season, Christopher Feigum will join the roster of the Metropolitan opera, covering the roll of Kovalyov in the Metropolitan Opera Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose. Other exciting engagements include a reprisal of his signature role of Figaro in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles at the Wexford Opera Festival and his role debut as Escamillo in Carmen at Utah Opera.

 

In the 2008/9Mr. Feigum returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing the roles of Lescaut in Manon and Silvio in Pagliacci.He also appeared as Dr. Falke in Dallas Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, as Zurga in Pearl Fischerswith the Seattle Opera, Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore with Tulsa Opera, and in John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis.He was also seen in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.

 

The 2007/8 season saw his role debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Opera Colorado, opposite Samuel Ramey and conducted by Stephen Lord. He returned to Houston Grand Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème and sang Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York. He also performed excerpts from Die Zauberflöte with Eugene Opera, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Colorado Symphony conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, and covered the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

 

In recent seasons he made his role debuts as Lescaut in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut directed by Olivier Tambosi and conducted by Bruno Bartoletti and as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.He debuted at Seattle Opera as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.He performed Alidoro in La Cenerentola for both Dallas Opera and Kentucky Opera, where he also performed Marcello in La Boheme. Mr. Feigum made debuts with both the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony as Brander in La Damnation de Faust under Charles Dutoit. He made his debut at Los Angeles Opera under James Conlon as Reinmar in Tannhäuser. He also sang the baritone solo in performances of Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Colorado Symphony under Marin Alsop.

 

Christopher Feigum has performed Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte at Santa Fe Opera; Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado, Opera Pacific and Madison Opera; Schaunard in La Boheme at Tulsa Opera; Falke at Sarasota Opera; Capulet in Romeo et Juliette at Madison Opera and Surin in Pique Dame at Dallas Opera. Concert appearances have included performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Diego Symphony and the Colorado Symphony and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

 

Christopher Feigum is an alumnus of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.Among other roles with the company, he has performed Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, the Bosun in a new David McVicar production of Billy Budd conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Montano in a new Sir Peter Hall production of Otello and Carl Olsen in Street Scene.He has also sung the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, Surin and Angelotti in Tosca there.

 

Formerly a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. Feigum performed Figaro with the company as well as Zuniga in Carmen, the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, Luther and Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and the Doctor in La Traviata.He has also sung with Washington Opera.

 

In concert, Christopher Feigum has sung the Pfleger in Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim for his professional debut.He performed Bartok’s Cantata Profana with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra as well as excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro there.Other orchestral engagements include Bernstein’s Songfest with both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes at the Ravinia Festival and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Terre Haute Symphony.

 

Christopher Feigum is a graduate of DePaul University and a native of Denver.He currently resides in Chicago with his wife.