Manager: Damon Bristo
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“As the eventual lovers, the young Americans Christopher Tiesi and Joélle Harvey make a winning pair. He is short, athletic, and agile, with Mediterranean good looks and a seemingly limitless repertoire of hangdog, lovesick facial expressions and rapturous smiles. Even if he didn’t sing, he could win all hearts; in fact, he has an attractively plangent, dark-toned but lightweight Italianate tenor. He is not yet in full technical command of his voice, but stops the show with his hit aria Una furtive lagrima, a party piece for modern tenors from Caruso to Pavarotti. Tiesi strikes me as a pocket-sized Rolando Villazon: still a diamond in the rough, but a diamond nevertheless.” Hugh Canning, The Times, October 13, 2013 - Nemorino in 'L'elisir d'amore' at Glyndebourne
“American Christopher Tiesi is a great find as Nemorino, bringing a gloriously warm and mellow tenor voice to the role which is perfect for the lovelorn fellow.” William Harston, Express, October 10, 2013 - Nemorino in 'L'elisir d'amore' at Glyndebourne
“The other big news was Tebaldo (Giulietta's fiancé): Christopher Tiesi's plaintive, soft-grained tenor with a small but fast vibrato was pleasantly reminiscent of the young Joseph Calleja - and not just because Calleja happens to have appeared in the most recent recording of Capuleti. How often do you come away from an opera feeling that the tenor role was too short?” David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 2012 - Tebaldo in 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' at Curtis Insitute of Music
Christopher Tiesi has been praised for his “plaintive, soft-grained tenor” (Philadelphia Inquirer) which has already gained attention in both North America and Europe. This season, Mr. Tiesi joins the studio ensemble at Semperoper Dresden where he will be seen in the leading roles of Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Handel, and Strauss.
Christopher Tiesi returns to the Semperoper Dresden in the 2014 – 2015 season as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, as well as the Captain in Simon Boccanegra, Mario Caraccini in Nachtausgabe, among others. He . . . also debuts at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Count Almaviva in a new production of The Barber of Seville.
Mr. Tiesi began the 2013 – 2014 season with his debut at Glyndebourne as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and returns to Semperoper Dresden again as Nemorino, as well as Ferrando in a new production of Così fan tutte. He also debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Beppe in Pagliacci under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. He made an acclaimed European debut in the 2012 – 2013 season as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Semperoper Dresden and was seen as the Electrician in Ades’s Powder Her Face at Opera Philadelphia.
At the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Tiesi has been seen as Elvino in Bellini’s La sonnamubla, Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Florville in Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. He has also performed as a soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia and was recently the first place winner of the Mario Lanza Institute Competition.
Mr. Tiesi attended the Chautauqua Institution under the direction of his vocal teacher Marlena Malas. Most notably, he sang his role debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore under the guidance and direction of bel canto specialist Sir Richard Bonynge. Also at Chautauqua, he has been seen as Rodolfo in La bohème, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.
Mr. Tiesi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and is currently completing his Master of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
(Updated September 2014)