A te o cara: I puritani (Vincenzo Bellini)
Christopher Bozeka, tenor
Grant Loehnig, piano
Tenor Christopher Bozeka is quickly becoming recognized for his “expressively captivating” performances, as well as his “beautiful, piercing tone” (San Francisco Chronicle). During the 2021-22 season, Mr. Bozeka made his Metropolitan Opera debut going on for Pit Singer – Tenor 2 in Dean’s Hamlet while covering Pit Singer – Tenor 1 and 2, after joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering Triquet in Eugene Onegin. He also performed as the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Two Streams with the Houston Chamber Choir and Kinetic Orchestra, joined Opera Southwest for their NYE gala, sang the role of Dorville in Rossini’s La scala di seta at Sarasota Opera, and reprised Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Delaware/Baltimore Concert Opera. In 2022-23, he will make his debut with Livermore Valley Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, returns to the Metropolitan Opera roster as Second Priest cover in the holiday production of The Magic Flute, debuts the title role in Le comte Ory with Opera Southwest, returns to Houston Grand Opera as the Fourth Jew in Salome, and makes his company and role debut at Central City Opera singing Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello.
In 2021, Mr. Bozeka made his Opera Outdoors Houston debut as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, was scheduled to make his Sarasota Opera debut as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles (COVID19), returned to Houston Grand Opera for holiday concerts, and rejoined Opera Las Vegas as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He also made his Sarasota Opera debut as Bertrando in L’inganno felice and Florville in Il signor Bruschino, both by Rossini. During the summer of 2021, Mr. Bozeka returned to Wolf Trap Opera to sing Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Satyavan in Holst’s Savtiri, and Le Prince Charmant in Viardot’s Cendrillon. In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Bozeka performed with Houston Grand Opera as Don Gaspar in La favorite and the Messenger in Aida, sang Nadir in the American Premiere of Bottesini’s Ali Baba with Opera Southwest and appeared in a virtual broadcast as a soloist in Bach repertoire with Ars Lyrica Houston. In the summer of 2020, he returned to Wolf Trap Opera where he was slated to perform as Toni Reichmann in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers (COVID19) but instead appeared in a virtual broadcast as Tom Rakewell in scenes from Igor Stravinsky’s A Rake’s Progress.
In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Bozeka debuted with Wolf Trap Opera as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and with Opera Las Vegas as Nemorino and sang as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with New Albany Symphony Orchestra. His 2017-18 engagements included Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd with Atlanta Opera, Evandro in Giovanni Simone Mayr's Medea in Corinto with Teatro Nuovo, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Project Columbus, and soloist in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Kinetic Ensemble. In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Bozeka returned to Houston Grand Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He also debuted with Opera Columbus as Pedrillo, Albany Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Musical Bridges Around the World San Antonio as a soloist in a Mozart Opera Gala.
During his association with the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. Bozeka performed in Tosca as Spoletta, Carlisle Floyd’s new opera Prince of Players as Male Emilia, Le nozze di Figaro as Don Curzio, and The Little Prince as the Drunkard/Lamplight. He also performed Rinuccio with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program in their production of Gianni Schicchi for which Opera News praised his “handsome, open-throated rendering of Rinuccio's aria”, and joined Castleton Festival’s production of Madame Butterfly as Pinkerton.
Mr. Bozeka is a previous first prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in Ohio and Houston, and a second-place winner in Houston’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. He received his master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music where he appeared as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and the Narrator in Owen Wingrave.