Bass-Baritone Christopher Job is establishing himself as an important talent in the opera industry. In just the last few seasons, he made his Italian debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Il Podestà in Rossini’s La gazza ladra; made his role début as Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera Virginia; his role début as Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Festival Lyrique de Belle-Île-en-Mer in France; Blitch in Susannah this summer with Ash Lawn Opera; and joined the Metropolitan Opera roster for their productions of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, Shostakovich’s The Nose, The Enchanted Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La rondine, and most recently, as Bruhlmann in Werther.
This season, Mr. Job returns to the Met to sing The Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and for their production of Macbeth. He will also sing Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, Ashby in La fanciulla del West at Des Moines Metro Opera, and appears in The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera.
He performed the Fifth Jew in Salome in his debut with Palm Beach Opera; sang Colline in La bohème at Lyric Opera Baltimore; made his role début as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Fargo Moorhead Opera; his role debut as Blitch in Susannah with Opera Idaho; Ramfis in Aïda, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Tulsa Opera and Opera Fort Collins; performed Kilian in Der Freischütz, and Angelotti in Tosca at the Des Moines Metro Opera; and performed Barone Douphol in La traviata with Syracuse Opera and Lyric Opera of Virginia. With Opera Colorado, Mr. Job has appeared as Count Ribbing in Un ballo in maschera, Der Sprecher and the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Zuniga in Carmen, and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He also created the role of General Godofredo de la Barca in the world premiere of La Curandera, an opera in one act by Robert Xavier Rodriguez, commissioned by Opera Colorado.
Mr. Job spent several summers with Glimmerglass Opera, where he was seen as Caronte in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, the Poet in Philip Glass’ Orphée, and Capellio in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi. He was also a resident artist with the Minnesota Opera, singing Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette and Count Horn in Un ballo in maschera, along with several appearances in other productions.
Mr. Job performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, where he was featured in two roles in My Fair Lady, sharing the stage with Kelsey Grammer and Brian Dennehy. Other concert appearances include engagements as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall; bass soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the Greeley Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Lincoln Center and with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; Verdi’s Requiem with the Denver Opera Company; and Händel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Other roles to his credit, both domestically and internationally, include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, Reverend Hale and Francis Nurse in The Crucible, Dr. Grenvil in La traviata, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Talpa in Il tabarro, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and the title role in Don Giovanni with such companies as Aspen Opera Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Pacific, as well as numerous other opera and concert appearances in countries including Italy, Israel, Austria, the UK, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.