In Review: Sanders as Monostatos in "The Magic Flute" with Opera Theatre of St. Louis
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 2022-2023 brings several significant engagements: Dorvil in Rossini’s La scala di seta, reprising his highly acclaimed Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Austin Opera, Beppe in Pagliacci with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Loge in Das Rheingold with Dayton Opera, and returning to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Little Bat in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd. In the previous season, he made his company debut with Opera Santa Barbara singing The Song Seller in Il tabarro, and covered Miles Zegner in Proving Up with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (canceled due to COVID-19).
Additionally, he 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.
The 2020-21 season featured his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Tobais Ragg in Sweeney Todd and Timothy in Fellow Travelers, a number of workshops for new pieces such as The Opposable Thumb and Trade with American Lyric Theater and Beth Morrison Projects as well as performances in The Shining as Lloyd the Bartender with Minnesota Opera (canceled due to COVID-19).