Christopher Tiesi

Christopher Tiesi

Vocalists — Tenor

“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.

Mr. Tiesi begins 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 . . .

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