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Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman read biochemistry at Warwick University before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music.
On the opera stage, his recent appearances include the title role of Gawain at the Salzburg Festival, the title role of Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Salzburg Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and the Cologne Opera; Posa / Don Carlo at the Netherlands Opera; Papageno /Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo / Così fan tutte, Forester / The Cunning Little Vixen, Marcello La bohème and Ramiro / L’heure espagnole at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. His roles at the Glyndebourne Festival have included Papageno, Figaro/ Le nozze di Figaro and Sid / Albert Herring. At the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, he has sung Tarquinius / The Rape of Lucretia, Guglielmo, Marcello and Albert / Werther. Other opera appearances in Europe include Šiškov / From the House of the Dead at the Vienna State Opera; Il Conte / Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra National de Paris and for Zurich Opera; Il Conte and Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas at the Theater an der Wien; Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Marcello at the Liceu, Barcelona; Tarquinius at the Aldeburgh Festival and the English National Opera. An acclaimed Billy Budd, he has sung the role at Welsh National Opera, in Turin, Seattle, Frankfurt and in Munich.
In the U.S. he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Papageno, Harlekin / Ariadne auf Naxos and Silvio / I Pagliacci; in San Francisco as Papageno; in Seattle as Guglielmo and in San Diego as Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia and Laurent / Therese Raquin by Tobias Picker.
Future engagements include Lescaut / Manon Lescaut and Il Conte / Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in concert performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Dudamel; Il Conte in concert performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival, Wotan / Das Rheingold in concert performance with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra / Myung-Whun Chung and returns to the Bayerischer Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Los Angeles Opera and the Salzburg Festival.
His concert engagements have included the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst, Philharmonia Orchestra / Christoph von Dohnanyi, BBC Symphony Orchestra / John Adams, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment /Sir Roger Norrington, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle, Tadaaki Otaka and Sir Colin Davis, Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala / Daniel Harding, Dresden Staatskapelle / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boston Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon and Sir Colin Davis, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Kurt Masur.
A renowned recitalist, he has appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus; Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Salzburg Mozarteum; Alte Oper in Frankfurt; Philharmonie in Cologne, La Scala, Milan; in New York at both Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center; and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals. He is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall.