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Christopher Maltman

Baritone

Biography

Christopher Maltman in action.
Christopher Maltman in Le nozze di Figaro © ROH/Mark Douet, 2013

English baritone Christopher Maltman made his Royal Opera debut in 1997 as Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) at a gala performance conducted by Colin Davis. He has since returned to sing Sebastian (The Tempest, world premiere), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Doctor Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Roberto/Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Ramiro (L’Heure espagnole), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Marcello (La bohème), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Don Giovanni.

Maltman grew up in Lincolnshire and read biochemistry at Warwick University before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He won the Lieder Prize in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and remains a renowned interpreter of Lieder and song, particularly of Schubert and Mahler. On the operatic stage his signature roles include Billy Budd, Figaro in both Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Posa (Don Carlo) and Don Giovanni, a role he has performed on film in Kasper Holten's Juan (for which he also provided the English translation of the libretto).

Maltman regularly performs at leading international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival.

Videos

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

24 June 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Watch: Kristīne Opolais and Christopher Maltman on Manon Lescaut’s innocence (or lack thereof)

Watch: Kristīne Opolais and Christopher Maltman on Manon Lescaut’s innocence (or lack thereof)

23 June 2014

Should we pity Puccini’s heroine’s untimely demise?

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)

16 April 2013

Tributes to the former Music Director of The Royal Opera from Dame Monica Mason, Sir John Tooley and others.

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