Christopher Herbert has made his name as a highly versatile singing artist throughout the United States and Europe. He performs concerts and opera throughout the world, most often with his twice GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble, New York Polyphany.
Recent engagements in concert include John Cage’s Renga with the San Francisco Symphony, performances of Schubert lieder with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Ginastera centennial celebration with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and several performances of Winterize, a modern, outdoor adaption of Schubert’s Winterreise with Make Music New York, which was acclaimed by The New York Times as “brave and, in all senses, chilling… an elegantly lean performance that would have been impressive in any context but was remarkable under these conditions…”. His interpretation of this song cycle in a more standard concert setting was also heard at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles (under the auspices of Le Salon de Musiques Chamber Music Series) and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.
Further highlights of his concert career include Bach’s St John Passion with New Mexico Philharmonic, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Canticum Novum Singers NYC, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Walton’s Belzhazzar’s Feast all with Brooklyn Symphony, Monteverdi’s Vespers with Saint Thomas Choir and Concert Royale in New York, Houston, Dallas and Nashville, Barber’s Dover Beach with the Hyperion String Quartet at the Sembrich Museum’s Concert Series, Carmina Burana with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, and his Lincoln Center debut as the baritone soloist in Farewell to Music with the Christopher Caines Dance Company. At the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, he performed recitals, opera scenes, and in master classes under the tutelage of such luminaries as Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, Lotfi Mansouri and Christopher Larkin, and he also appeared at the Tanglewood Music Center in A Sondheim Celebration with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and in Bach’s Cantata 201: Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan under Craig Smith.
His career in music theatre is equally prolific. In recent seasons he garnered critical praise for his portrayal of the title role in Handel’s Saul for Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival, the world premiere of Judd Greenstein’s A Marvelous Order with the NOW Ensemble, the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande with Floating Opera NY, and Montresor in Stewart Copeland’s The Cask of Amontillado with the American Modern Ensemble.
Further performances included Fariseo in Caldara’s Maddalena with the American Classical Orchestra, Hannah-Before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One with the Fry Street Quartet for American Opera Projecta at BAM, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea for Musica Angelica, the title role in The War Reporter at the Prototype Festival and Stanford LIVE, King Pendragon in Hugo Kauder’s Merlin in New Haven, Henrik in A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre Saint Louis (under the baton of Stephen Lord), Connie in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Il prigioniero in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall, Sid in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and Pluto in Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, both with Opera Vivente, as well as William Williamson in William Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Music Academy of the West.
Christopher graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. in Music. He also holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He teaches voice at William Paterson University and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School. He is a recipient of awards from the Sullivan Foundation, the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition and the Gérard Souzay Competition.