Christian Sanders has been hailed as a “…voice whose color belies his age. Someone to watch!” (Bill Eadie, SanDiego.com). His operatic repertoire encompasses Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress,the title character in Albert Herring, Fenton in Falstaff, Laurie in Little Women, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, as well as a broad range of modern opera and work by living composers. Christian’s busy past season brought several significant engagements: Prince/Rat/Doll Shop Father in Edward Tulane with Minnesota Opera, Dorvil in Rossini and Foppa’s La scala di seta with Opera Santa Barbara, reprising his highly acclaimed Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Toddwith Austin Opera, Beppe in Pagliacci with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera and Opera Tampa, Loge in Das Rheingold with Dayton Opera, returning to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Little Bat in Susannah, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte at the Ravinia Festival. This season includes a return to Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Dayton Opera, the Snake in The Little Prince with Utah Opera, and Rodolfo in La bohème with Minnesota Opera.
In the previous seasons, Christian made his company début with Opera Santa Barbara singing The Song Seller in Il tabarro, covered Miles Zegner in Proving Up with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (canceled due to COVID-19), performed Donald Trump in The Central Park Five with Portland Opera, appeared as the title role in Orpheus in the Underworld with Madison Opera, and joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis during the summer as Monostatos in The Magic Flute. Addtionally, he joined Des Moines Metro Opera as Tobais Ragg in Sweeney Todd and Timothy in Fellow Travelers, and participated in a number of workshops for new pieces such as The Opposable Thumb and Trade with American Lyric Theater and Beth Morrison Projects and was engaged as Lloyd the Bartender in The Shining with Minnesota Opera (canceled due to COVID-19). [read more...]
"... an amazing performance..." – Broadway World
Fellow Travelers–“One of the most captivating parts of the night came in Christian Sander's performance as Timothy Laughlin. I was excited to see him take on another role as I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Toby in this season's Sweeney Todd. With this role, he left his heart on the stage, not only making this an amazing performance, but one I will not soon forget."
“... earned a prolonged ovation…” – Opera Today
Sweeney Todd – “Tobias Ragg is often presented as a somewhat hapless puppy dog. Not so here, with Christian Sanders characterizing him as more a coltish street urchin, his steady, shining tenor ringing out in the house. His version of “Not While I’m Around” was a production highlight, infused with such an appealing boyish determination that it earned a prolonged ovation."
"... Sanders was superb…” – Seen and Heard International
The Ghosts of Versailles – “Christian Sanders was superb as Bégearss, never more so than when he was abusing Tucker Reed Breder’s Wilhelm.”
"... a chilling performance..." – Schmopera
Silent Night – “Christian Sanders, seen in last month’s La Rondine, gave a chilling performance of a reluctant soldier who progresses to a cold-blooded killer.”