Christian Simmons

Christian Simmons

Der aus Washington D.C. stammende Bassbariton Christian Simmons war in der Spielzeit 2022/23 Mitglied der Cafritz Young Artists of the Washington National Opera. Dort war er sowohl als Cover in IL TROVATORE (Ferrando) und LA BOHÈME (Colline) engagiert, als auch auf der Bühne als Policeman in BLUE zu erleben. Im Rahmen der American Opera Initiative und der Young Artist Performance interpretierte er Colline / LA BOHÈME.

In der Saison 2023/24 bereichert Christian Simmons als Stipendiat der Opera Foundation New York das Ensemble der Deutschen Oper Berlin.

Die Saison 2021/22 markierte Simmons' Debüt an der Washington National Opera, wo er im Dokumentarfilm und in der Studioaufnahme von Jeanine Tesoris und Tazewell Thompsons BLUE zu sehen war, sowie als Zuniga in CARMEN. Simmons war als Solist mit Gianandrea Noseda und dem National Symphony Orchestra zu hören, wo er als Bass-Solist Mozarts „Requiem“ sowie die Konzertarie „Per questa bella mano“ in der Kennedy Center Concert Hall interpretierte.

Während des Sommers gastierte er mit dem Barnard College in Southern Crossings und an der Annapolis Opera in LA BOHÈME. Er gastierte bei verschiedenen Festivals und Ensembles auf der ganzen Welt, darunter das Morgan State University Theater, die Bel Cantanti Opera Company, die Washington Opera Society, das Castleton Music Festival, das Amalfi Coast Music Festival, die Berliner Opernakademie, die Bare Opera Company und das Maryland Opera Studio. Zu seinen Auftritten zählen Figaro / LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Il Re / AIDA, Sparafucile / RIGOLETTO, Seneca / L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Capulet / ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Nardo / LA FINTA GIARDINIERA, Lion / THE WIZ und Jabez Stone / THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER. Darüber hinaus war Christian Simmons auch als Bass-Solist in Werken wie Georg Friedrich Händels „Messias“, Johann Sebastian Bachs „Magnificat“, Gabriel Faurés „Requiem“, Giuseppe Verdis „Messa da Requiem“ und Franz Schuberts Messe in G-Dur zu hören.

Simmons ist Distriktsieger des Eric- und Dominique-Laffont-Wettbewerbs der Metropolitan Opera 2022/23, Gewinner des Gesangswettbewerbs des Harlem Opera Theater 2017 und Gewinner des regionalen Wettbewerbs der National Association of Teaching Singing (NATS) 2016. Außerdem ist er Ehrenmitglied auf Lebenszeit in der Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).

Als Absolvent der Morgan State University und des Maryland Opera Studio ist Simmons stolzes Mitglied der ersten und größten Musikverbindung des Landes, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.


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Adventsverlosung: Das 10. Fensterchen

Before Tobias Kratzer's third production of INTERMEZZO premieres on our stage in April 2024, you can win his debut production for your home DVD collection in today's Advent calendar: Alexander von Zemlinsky's DER ZWERG.

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away two DVDs of the Naxos recording of Alexander von Zemlinsky's opera DER ZWERG, which was nominated for the GRAMMY in the "Best Opera Recording" category and is one of the most successful new DVD productions of recent years. If you would like to take part in the prize draw, please send an e-mail today to with the subject line "The 10th window".

A vain, superficial princess - a dwarf artist: the protagonists could hardly be more different, but the story only becomes a tragedy when the dwarf, unaware of his appearance, misinterprets the mockery of court society as a sign of honour and the princess's coquetry as proof of love. When he finally recognises himself in the mirror, he cannot escape the glances of the others - and collapses dead. This fairy tale about an outsider has had biographical parallels in mind since its premiere: Zemlinsky was small and rather slight in stature and suffered from his brief but passionate affair with Alma Schindler for the rest of his life. A quarter of a century of trauma management passed between the liaison in Vienna and the first performance in Cologne, during which the once renowned artist gradually found himself sidelined: too avant-garde for the traditionalists, too traditional for the avant-garde ... Experience David Butt Philip, Mick Morris Mehnert, Elena Tsallagova and Emily Magee in the main roles under the musical direction of Sir Donald Runnicles in a production by Tobias Kratzer.

We would like to thank the Naxos label for the great collaboration of recent years, which - in addition to Zemlinsky's DER ZWERG - has documented recordings of DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE, FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, DER SCHATZGRÄBER and DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, as well as ARABELLA and ANTIKRIST in the course of 2024.

Closing date: 10 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 11 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.