Christopher Campbell ("Guajardo") - Dramatic Tenor
Tenor Christopher Campbell began this season as Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera. In a review by the San Francisco Classical Voice it was said that all were definitely up to the daunting task of singing Verdi with the best work done by Christopher Campbell, a dramatic tenor with excellent high notes. Mr. Campbell has been hailed as "an audio joy whenever he’s on stage and that he delivers a full-bodied lyric tenor that soars with ease, leaving the ear-and for his good looks, the eye-wanting more. Mr. Campbell has toured with the New York City Opera National Company as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. In that role, the Sun-Sentinel singled out Mr. Campbell who sang with a warm, easily produced tone. He even made this cad of a man quite sympathetic. Most recently Mr. Campbell made his debut as Canio in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose where it was said in Theater Notes "he delivered the famed aria Vesti la giubba with heart breaking emotion." His signature roles also include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Don José in Carmen, Alfredo in La Traviata, Hoffman in the Tales of Hoffman, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Ghermann in Pique Dame, and Chevalier des Grieux in Manon.
Mr. Campbell has performed nationally with the respected companies Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Pacific. With Opera Pacific, Mr. Campbell sang a number of solo roles, most notably as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor opposite soprano Ruth Ann Swenson. He also played William Marshall in the West Coast premiere of Regina featuring soprano Carol Neblett and conducted by John Mauceri. Mr. Campbell’s other operatic credits include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Il Messaggiero in Aida, Tall Prisoner in From the House of the Dead, Il Familiare in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Amante in Amelia Goes to the Ball.
A perennial favorite throughout California, Mr. Campbell has taken the stage with a long list of companies including Long Beach Opera, Opera San Jose, Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association, Bayshore Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Pasadena Lyric Opera, Riverside Concert Opera, Inland Cities Opera, Opera Orchestra of Los Angeles, Towensend Opera Players and Southland Opera.
As guest soloist, Mr. Campbell has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Royce Hall at UCLA and the Crystal Cathedral. Mr. Campbell’s oratorio repertoire includes the works of Handel, Berlioz, Bach, Honegger, Dubois, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Beethoven. He has appeared as soloist with the Inland Empire Symphony, Merced Symphony, Palisades Symphony, Loma Linda Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, California Master Chorale, Indian Wells Desert Symphony, and Antelope Valley Master Chorale. Mr. Campbell was also featured on KUSC radio as Ghermann in a performance of Queen of Spades.
Equally at home with opera, oratorio and comedy, Mr. Campbell has appeared in divergent roles. He debuted the role of The Tenor in Flip Side 2, a comedic back-stage look at opera presented by OperaWorks in Los Angeles. In 2003, he reprised his role in Flip Side 3, eliciting praise from critics and audiences alike.
Mr. Campbell began his musical training at the California State University at Fullerton and continued his musical education at the University of Southern California. He has been privileged to work with esteemed master teachers that include the great French baritone Martial Singher and Metropolitan Opera stars Blanch Thebom, Giorgio Tozzi, Dorothy Kirsten, Herta Glaz, Joan Sutherland and Maestro Richard Bonynge. Mr. Campbell continued his operatic training in apprenticeships with Michigan Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Pacific. He is a graduate of OperaWorks, the prestigious performance training program under the direction of Ann Baltz.
Mr. Campbell looks forward to his appearances with the California Philharmonic Orchestra in Andrew Lloyd Webber meets Puccini on August 21 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and on August 29 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Los Angeles Music Center.