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. In the summer of 2015 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. While working with Utah Opera, as a member of the Resident Artist Program, Christian performed the roles of Il Messaggero in Aïda, Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Remendado in Carmen, the Padre in Man of La Mancha, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Castleman in Beck’s The Long Walk. In addition to these opportunities, Mr. Sanders has had the honor of being a part of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist program. His roles with this company include the Novice in Billy Budd and Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music in the summer of 2017. Christian joined the Young Artist Program at The Glimmerglass Festival for the 2018 season singing Jonathan Dale in the Pulitzer prize-winning opera Silent Night. He also stepped in as Tony in West Side Story during that same season under the baton of Maestro David Charles Abell. Christian rejoins The Glimmerglass Festival this summer singing the role of Bégearss in the Ghosts of Versailles by Corigliano. He will also be singing the same role in November 2019 with Château de Versailles Spectacles in France. This past season Christian joined the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program singing Prunier in La Rondine and Jonathan Dale in the original production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. This production was recorded by Pentatone and will be released in the near future for Grammy consideration. Next season, Christian will be performing the roles of Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and the Young Servant in Strauss’ Elektra.
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. Christian also had the honor of being awarded first place in the Ruth Burr Competition held in Houston, Texas in 2015. 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.
Mr. Sanders has received his Masters degree in Operatic Performance from Rice University in Houston on the full-tuition Edward J. and Frances Bing Memorial 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 and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.