Christian Sanders has been hailed as a “…voice whose color belies his age. Someone to watch!” (Bill Eadie, SanDiego.com)
Mr. Sanders’ operatic repertoire encompasses the roles of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Albert Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Prince Charmant in Cendrillon by Massenet. Mr. Sanders has appeared as the Prison Chaplain in the World Premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar with the Santa Fe Opera alongside worldrenown countertenor, David Daniels, as well as Welko in Richard Strauss’s Arabella with the same company. Last summer Mr. Sanders sang the title role of Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado. This summer he covered the role of Pong in Puccini’s Turandot for the Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont. Additionally, he will be joining the Resident Artist Program of Utah Opera this coming fall.
On the concert stage Mr. Sanders has been the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Point Loma Choral Union. More recently, Mr. Sanders performed with the Rice Chorale at Rice University in Houston, Texas for Schubert’s Mass No. 2, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has also appeared as a guest soloist with the San Diego Mormon Choir and Orchestra and as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the San Diego Festival Chorus in a live televised concert.
Mr. Sanders was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in the spring of 2012. He was the First-Place Winner of the Lower-Collegiate Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Competition and a Finalist for the 2010/11 Classical Singer Magazine National Competition. Additionally, Mr. Sanders is a scholarship recipient of the R. Faulk and the D. Greiner Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is also a scholarship recipient of the Opera Buffs Inc. appearing in the organization's showcase concert held at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles.
Mr. Sanders holds a Masters degree in Operatic Performance from Rice University in Houston with a full-tuition scholarship. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Magna Cum Laude in Music with a minor in Cell and Molecular Biology from Point Loma Nazarene University.