American tenor Christopher Sokolowski has been praised for his “shimmering velvet voice,” “technical maturity well beyond his years,” and “Wagnerian power and stage savvy” (Ôlyrix). In the 2023/24 season he made his debut as the title role in Verdi’s Ernani at the Theater St. Gallen, receiving tremendous praise from the press, hailing him as an ideal casting (Oper! Magazin, Kronenzeitung), additionally calling him “an extremely convincing, intense interpreter of Ernani, […] able to fill the role with natural, perfect vocal support and a dynamic, precisely nuanced tone” (Oper Aktuell), “an incredibly agile performer … [with] a highly individual timbre, a well-developed middle range and a radiant high register” (Das Opernglas), “giving the role a vibrant power and a compelling, sometimes almost wild presence” (Ostschweizer Kultur).

The 2024/25 season brings several important debuts: he will open the season at Theater Bremen with his role debut as Lohengrin in a new production by Frank Hilbrich led by Stefan Klingele, followed by his first Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Vladimir Jurowski at the prestigious Konzerthaus Berlin, and will return to the Staatsoper Hannover to debut the role of Manolios in Martinů’s Greek Passion under Stephan Zilias in a new production by Barbora Horáková.

In the 2019|20 season he sang the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Bregenz Theater while still in his second year of the Staatsoper Stuttgart Opera Studio. In Stuttgart, he debuted many supporting roles with the company in critically celebrated new productions of Mefistofele, Don Carlos, Die sieben Todsünden, Le nozze di Figaro, and Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, as well as roles in repertory productions of Carmen, Ariodante, Pikovaya dama, and Der Schauspieldirektor. With the Staatsoper Stuttgart he was also seen in concert at the Baden-Baden Festspiele and the Opéra National du Rhin

A grand finalist of the Paris Opera Competition, he performed Zandonai and Wagner at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to great acclaim. He was awarded the Rohatyn Great Promise Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Hermann Leopoldi Musikpreis in Vienna’s International Otto Edelmann Competition, and was a grand finalist in Innsbruck’s International Cesti Competition. In concert he has performed often in New York and cities across the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, and Japan in repertoire ranging from the baroque to world premieres, including much of the major oratorio and concert works of Bach, Britten, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Orff, Schubert, and Vivaldi.

A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Christopher Sokolowski completed his vocal studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (M.M.) and the Purchase Conservatory (B.M.). He was a guest artist for the Tanglewood Music Center and the Fondation des Treilles Académie de la voix.


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