Baritone Christian Thurston joins the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist program this season, singing Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Marullo in Rigoletto, and Nicia’s servant in Thaïs. Mr. Thurston is a native of Rotorua, New Zealand. He is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. At MSM, he performed the roles of Count Homonay in Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron, Harasta in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Azolan in Susa’s Les Liaisons dangereuses, and Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
In New Zealand he sang the roles of the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and Figaro with the New Zealand Opera, as well as covered Dandini in La Cenerentola. At the New Zealand School of Music he performed Snug in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pasha Seid in Verdi’s rarely performed Il Corsaro. He has also sung Chichibio in Mozart’s rarity L’oca del Cairo and performed Don Polidoro in Cimarosa’s L’Italiana in Londra.
The baritone, a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, has also been seen in concert as a soloist singing in Celebrating Lilburn with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Fantasia on Christmas Carols with Kapiti Orchestra, and concert performances of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Richard Fuch’s Vom Judischen Schicksal. Christian Thurston was a Connecticut district finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, a winner of the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, and was a Dame Malvina Major New Zealand Opera Emerging Artist.