Praised by Opera News for his “velvety purr,” and by Opera Today for his “sheen and amplitude,” bass-baritone Christopher Carbin is quickly becoming recognized for his artistic versatility and affinity for new opera. Christopher spent the 2019/2019 Season as an Apprentice Artist with Palm Beach Opera. Following his residency in Palm Beach, he returned to the Glimmerglass Festival as a second-year Young Artist, singing the Ghost Quartet in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Narumov in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. In the summer of 2018, he joined the Glimmerglass Festival as a Young Artist, covering the roles of Harašta in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen and the British Major in Puts's Silent Night.
Christopher has collaborated with such artists as Cerise Jacobs, Paola Prestini, and Julian Wachner in several workshop productions of the new operas Gilgamesh and Rev. 23, and in the fall of 2018 will be creating the role of Marsyas in the world premiere of PermaDeath, by Cerise Jacobs and Dan Visconti.
Christopher returned to the New England Conservatory of Music as a guest artist in February of 2018, performing the role of Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
In October of 2017, Christopher made his debut with Odyssey Opera, singing the role of Armando in Donizetti's rarely performed L'assedio di Calais under the baton of Maestro Gil Rose. He returned to Odyssey Opera in April of 2018, performing the role of Talbot in Verdi's rarely staged Giovanna d'Arco.
In the summer of 2017, Christopher performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a concert reading of a new Elena Ruehr opera, Crafting the Bonds, before making his Colorado debut with the Crested Butte Opera Studio as Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
As a 2016 Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Christopher performed the role of the Assassin in Verdi’s Macbeth, under the baton of Maestro Stephen Lord. Also at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he covered the role of Abdullah in the world premiere of Shalimar the Clown (based on the Salman Rushdie novel), by Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph, under the baton of Jayce Ogren. Upon returning from St. Louis, Christopher joined the Boston Lyric Opera chorus for their revolutionary production of Carmen.
Other roles Christopher has performed include Claudio (Agrippina), Tío Sarvaor (La vida breve), Gideon March/Mr. Dashwood (Little Women), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutti), and Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream.)
Christopher holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a M.M. in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music.