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Christopher Webb

Voice Type:

Bass-Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Chorus Bass
Semele (Handel)
Monteverdi Choir
2019
Il Commendatore
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Waterperry Opera Festival
2018
Leporello​
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Balthazar
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti)
Opera Anywhere
2016
Sarastro
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Opera Anywhere
2016
Dulcamara
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Westminster Opera
2016
Polyphemus
Acis and Galatea (Handel)
SCOre
2016
Colline
La bohème (Puccini)
The Merry Opera Company
2016
Ariodates/Elviro
Xerxes (Handel)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2015
Adonis
Venus and Adonis (Blow)
Opera Lyrica
2015
Superintendant Budd
Albert Herring (Britten)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2014
Tonseisha
Tonseisha (Kim Ashton)
saltpeter, Tete a Tete Festival
2014
Melisso
Alcina (Handel)
Musica Poetica
2014
Giove
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2014
Theseus
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Aldeburgh
2013
Bass soloist
The Fairy-Queen (Purcell)
Ars Eloquentiae
2013

Early Music

Bass
Musikalisches Exequien (Schütz)
Stile Antico
2018
Bass
Tenebrae Responsories (Victoria)
Stile Antico
2018
Bass soloist
Vespers of 1610 (Monteverdi)
Musica Poetica
2017
Bass soloist
Jephte (Carissimi)
Musica Poetica, BREMF
2017
Bass soloist
Solo bass cantatas (Franz Tunder)
Musica Poetica
2017
Bass soloist
Membra Jesu Nostri (Buxtehude)
Musica Poetica
2016
Bass soloist
Solo bass cantatas (Rameau, Clerambault)
Musica Poetica, VIAF, Gozo
2015

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Genesis Chorale
2018
Bass soloist
St John Passion (Bach, JS)
Merbecke Choir, Monteverdi String Band
2018
Bass soloist
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)
Beccles Choral Society
2018
Bass soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Cambridge Summer Festival (cond. Stephen Cleobury)
2017
Bass soloist
Dettingen Te Deum (Handel)
Chiswick Choir
2017
Bass soloist
The Creation (English) (Haydn)
Beccles Choral Society
2016
Bass soloist
Mass In D (Dvořák)
Genesis Chorale
2016
Schlendrian
The Coffee Cantata (Bach, JS)
SCOre
2016
Bass soloist
Messiah (Handel)
London Festival Orchestra
2015
Bass soloist
Requiem (Schumann)
Genesis Chorale
2015
Bass soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Maidstone Singers
2015
Bass soloist
St John Passion (Bach, JS)
Ars Eloquentiae
2013
Bass soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Brandenburg Sinfonia
2013

Choral

Chorus Bass
Gurre-Lieder (Schoenberg)
Philharmonia Voices
2018
Chorus Bass
Requiem (Rutter)
London Choral Sinfonia
2018
Bass 2
Requiem (Verdi)
Monteverdi Choir
2018
Chorus Bass
The Song of the Children of Stars (Unsuk Chin)
Philharmonia Voices
2018
Chorus Bass
Gloria (Vivaldi)
London Choral Sinfonia
2017
Bass
Various (Various)
Monteverdi Choir
2017
Bass 2
Rothko Chapel (Feldman)
London Contemporary Orchestra
2016
Chorus Bass
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
London Choral Sinfonia
2016
Chorus Bass
Dixit Dominus (Handel)
London Choral Sinfonia
2016
Chorus Bass, Step-out Soloist
Various (Aichinger)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
2015
Chorus Bass
St Nicolas (Britten)
London Choral Sinfonia
2015
Chorus Bass
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
2014
Chorus Bass
Karawane (Esa Pekka Salonen)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
2014
Chorus Bass
Te Deum (Berlioz)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
2014
Chorus Bass
Christmas Oratorio (Bach, JS)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie
2014
Bass 2
Lay Clerk (2015-18) (Various)
Southwark Cathedral
2018

Discography

Bass 2
The Great War Symphony (Patrick Hawes)
Audio Network, NYCGB, Classic FM
2018
Chorus Bass
Die erste Walpurgisnacht (Mendelssohn)
Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Md&g
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
Grant the King a long life (Thomas Weelkes)
Sidney Sussex, Obsidian
2012
Bass 2
Choral Music (Herbert Howells)
Rodolfus Choir, Signum
2010
Chorus Bass
Vespers (Monteverdi)
Rodolfus Choir, Signum
2008
Bass 2
Choral Arrangements (Clytus Gottwald)
Rodolfus Choir, Signum
2007
Bass 2
Various (Peter Warlock)
Carice Singers, Naxos
2014
Bass 2
Various (Various)
Over The Bridge, Decca
2012

Session Work

Chorus Bass
Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’ (Britten)
English Voices
2018
Chorus Bass
Beyond the deepening shadow: The Tower Remembers (Mira Calix)
Solomon’s Knot
2018
Bass 2
Various (Various)
London Voices
2018
Bass 2
Various (Various)
Audio Network
2018
Chorus Bass
New choral works (Various)
Oxford University Press
2018
Bass 2
Various (Various)
London Voices
2017
Chorus Bass, Step-out Soloist
New choral works (Various)
Oxford University Press
2017
Bass 2
Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken)
London Voices
2016
Chorus Bass
New choral works (Various)
Oxford University Press
2016
Bass 2
Angel Studios (Various)
London Contemporary Orchestra
2013

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Anacreon's Defeat (Purcell)

Der Friede sei mit dir from BWV 158 (Bach, JS)

Ariodates

Elviro

Elviro

Giove

Giove

Headshot (c) Jamie Wright

Il Commendatore (c) Robert Workman

Leporello (c) Sarah Ainslie

Leporello 2 (c) Sarah Ainslie

Oratorio soloist

Tonsiesha

Christopher Webb, a Commendatore in progressive stages of post-mortem decay, produces a full-bodied, red-blooded sound, The Stage (2018)

Finely nuanced tones, Daily Info (2016)

A delight to hear... with a perfect buffo touch, Fringe Opera (2015)

A wonderful bass, Ham and High (2015)

Sincere and charismatic, Fringe Opera (2015)

Commanding and alluring, Early Music Review (2014)

Opera Works
English National Opera
2016–2017
Classics
Girton College, Cambridge
2006–2009

A recent graduate of the English National Opera's “Opera Works” young artists' programme, bass-baritone Christopher Webb is in increasing demand as an oratorio and operatic soloist.

His operatic roles to date have included Sarastro (Mozart The Magic Flute), Dulcamara (Donizetti L'elisir d'amore), and Colline (Puccini La bohème); he made his role debut as Il Commendatore (Mozart Don Giovanni) for the Waterperry Opera Festival in August 2018.

His recent solo oratorio work has included Mozart Requiem conducted by Stephen Cleobury at King’s College Cambridge, and J. S. Bach St John Passion with the Monteverdi String Band.

Chris sings with a number of leading professional choirs in the UK and Europe, including the Monteverdi Choir, Philharmonia Voices, The King’s Consort, and London Voices. He performed recently with the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico. He was a Lay Clerk at Southwark Cathedral 2015-2018, and is a regular deputy in the choirs of the London Oratory and St Paul’s Cathedral amongst others. He learns singing privately with Alex Ashworth.

He is co-director of Musica Poetica, an early music ensemble specialising in 17th century repertoire. He is also a trustee of the Waterperry Opera Festival, and a mentor for the Monteverdi Choir’s apprenticeship scheme 2018-2019.

For a video clip of Chris singing 'O Isis and Osiris' from 'The Magic Flute' by Mozart, please follow this link: https://vimeo.com/177272147/16e8687b4f.

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