Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
"...warm-voiced Christopher Magiera portrays the Captain with weight and authority." -Warwick Thompson, Bloomberg, Captain in The Death of Klinghoffer with English National Opera
"...similarly blessed with our Valentin, Christopher Magiera embodying the soldier with a manly, vibrant baritone of uncommon distinction. His“Avant de quitter” was a high point of the show, with ringing top notes, and his death scene was undeniably affecting." -James Sohre, Opera Today, Valentin in Faust with Santa Fe Opera
Among a uniformly outstanding cast, Christopher Magiera, a handsome baritone, stands out as a warm, brave and sympathetic Captain. -Steve Smith, The New York Times, Captain in The Death of Klinghoffer with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Christopher Magiera has been praised for his “supple, elegant baritone” and was praised by The New York Times for his performance in “The Death of Klinghoffer” with Opera Theatre of St. Louis: “Among a uniformly outstanding cast, Christopher Magiera, a handsome baritone, stands out as a warm, brave and sympathetic Captain.” He has appeared on opera stages throughout the United States and Europe, and will continue to make major debuts in the coming seasons.
In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Magiera will make his role and . . . company debut as “Don Giovanni” for Opera Colorado and returns to the Dresden Semperoper for performances as Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte”, Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore”, and Marcello in “La bohème”. As a member of the ensemble in Dresden, Mr. Magiera was heard as Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Taddeo in “L’italiana in Algeri”¸ and Danilo in “The Merry Widow”. During his tenure, he was heard in new productions as Belcore and Robert in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.
Recent performances include Valentin in “Faus”t and Zurga in “The Pearl Fishers” with Santa Fe Opera, the first performances of Bizet’s opera in the company’s 55-year history. Mr. Magiera performed the role of the Captain in “The Death of Klinghoffer” with English National Opera, a role he previously excelled in with Opera Theater of St. Louis. He also sang the title role of “Eugene Onegin” during the 2010 season with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and later in the summer was featured by The Metropolitan Opera in their Summer Recital Series. Further performances include Silvio in “Pagliacci”, Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus”, and Mr. Lindquist in “A Little Night Music”. On the concert stage he appeared with Maestro Kent Nagano in “Eugene Onegin” and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at the Knowlton Festival.
Highly decorated by international competitions, Mr. Magiera is a 2008 National Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions; a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition; and was most recently honored in 2009 with the Grand Prize of the Sullivan Foundation. He has also received awards from the Jensen Foundation, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, Bel Canto Foundation, and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation.
Mr. Magiera is a former member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper, where he appeared in a variety of main stage operas including “Lucrezia Borgia”, “Palestrina”, “La bohème”, “Lohengrin”, and was heard as Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte” with the Opernstudio at the Cuvillés-Theatre. He attended the prestigious Yale School of Music and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and Wake Forest University.