Christian Mark Gibbs

Christian Mark Gibbs

Guyanese-American tenor Christian Mark Gibbs, lauded for his “handsome, sardonic presence and his suave traversal of the vocal lines” (Opera News) as well as his “strikingly handsome tenor and brilliant performances” (Broadway World), is quickly establishing himself as an artist to watch in various mediums including Opera, Musical Theatre, TV/Film, and Commercial. This season, Gibbs will return to the Metropolitan Opera for their new production of Terrence Blanchard’s Champion and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro André J. Thomas.

 

Artist Bio

Guyanese-American tenor Christian Mark Gibbs, lauded for his “handsome, sardonic presence and his suave traversal of the vocal lines” (Opera News) as well as his “strikingly handsome tenor and brilliant performances” (Broadway World), is quickly establishing himself as an artist to watch in various mediums including Opera, Musical Theatre, TV/Film, and Commercial. This season, Gibbs will return to the Metropolitan Opera for their new production of Terrence Blanchard’s Champion and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro André J. Thomas.

In 2022, Christian had two important house débuts: with the Lincoln Center Theater, Gibbs featured in Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s new hit opera Intimate Apparel, directed by Bartlett Sher; with the Washington National Opera, he starred in the world première of Carlos Simon’s it all falls down as well as Huang Ruo’s The Rift, as part of the monument driven production of Written in Stone to celebrate the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary season. In the same season, Christian returned to The Metropolitan Opera for the US premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and made his international début as Tony in West Side Story at the Savoy-teatteri in Finland. Concert engagements in 2022 included performances at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Yale University, and as the tenor soloist in Dett’s The Ordering of Moses at Queens College.  

He made his Metropolitan Opera début in 2020 as Robbins and Crab Man in the GRAMMY award-winning production of Porgy and Bess and his Opera Theatre of St. Louis début in the critically acclaimed production of Highway 1 U.S.A. alongside Nicole Cabell and Will Liverman, receiving the 2021 Richard Gaddes Career Award for his portrayal of Nate. 

In addition to his international début in Finland, in December 2021, he released an EP of two songs (“Maria” & “Something’s Coming”) that were recorded live from the West Side Story production at the Savoy-teatteri with the Vantaan Viihdeorkesteri. This EP is titled TONY: Two Songs from West Side Story (LIVE) and is available on all major streaming platforms including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and more!

An avid champion of versatility as an artist, Christian was most recently seen in a national ad for Tillamook, as the official Cheddar MC for their Cheddarbration campaign for National Cheddar Day, which coincided with the SuperBowl.  He has also appeared in commercials for Good Morning America/ABC, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Sotheby’s International Realty, AXON, and NICE.  On screen, he was most recently seen as Cuba Gooding Sr. on the hit show WUTANG: An American Saga on HULU and Dennis on My True Crime Story on VH1. 

Previous credits include Oklahoma at Denver Center, Falstaff at Opera Colorado, The Love I Meant to Say at Lucille Lortel Theater, and Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Ragtime Fan Film: Wheels of A Dream directed by Akil DuPont. 

Christian Mark Gibbs has both a MM from Colorado State University and BM from the Aaron Copland School of Music – Queens College in Vocal Performance.  He is a New York City native.

Updated Jul 24, 2022

Video

it all falls down (excerpt) from Written in Stone

“You’re Wonderful Mary” from William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA

“Maria” from West Side Story

“Something’s Coming” from West Side Story

“Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime Fan Film

“Beautiful City” from Godspell

It’s a Cheddarbration!

Press

"...handsome, sardonic presence and his suave traversal of the vocal lines..." – OPERA NEWS

Highway 1, USA, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – “Tenor Christian Mark Gibbs’s handsome, sardonic presence and his suave traversal of the vocal lines told you all you needed to know about the ne’er-dowell Nate.”

"...it's a brilliant performance..." – BROADWAY WORLD

Highway 1, USA, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – “Brother Nate is sung by the strikingly handsome tenor Christian Mark Gibbs. It's a brilliant performance. Gibbs brings attractive glimmers to this very unattractive character. (Gibbs, by the way, would make a terrific "Sportin' Life".)”

"...brought vocal heft and theatrical intensity..." – WALL STREET JOURNAL

Written in Stone, Washington National Opera – “…tenor Christian Mark Gibbs brought vocal heft and theatrical intensity to … [the] son.”

"...brought a relaxed tenor sound to Mtchll's son and some serious acting chops..." – BROADWAY WORLD

Written in Stone, Washington National Opera – “Christian Mark Gibbs brought a relaxed tenor sound to Mtchll's son and some serious acting chops to The Rift. His depiction of an anguished Vietnam War veteran who finally starts to heal when he visits the wall represents the thousands of men and women for whom Maya Lin's work has been priceless.”

"He charmed us from the very beginning..." – RONDO CLASSIC MAGAZINE

West Side Story, Savoy-teatteri (Finland) – “Christian Mark Gibbs is a multi-skilled classical singer who has performed for example instance at the Metropolitan Opera in the acclaimed production of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He charmed us from the very beginning with his Maria Aria, which I may have never heard so touching and fine in its nuances, all the way down to the thinnings of his high tones. Gibbs has no mannerisms of an opera singer; thus, his musical expression is natural and full of a genuine sense of love.”