Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Southern California native Christopher Job is currently Frere Laurent in the Minnesota Opera production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" opposite the equally stunning Romeo of James Valenti and Juliet of Ellie Dehn. If you don't believe that good looks are playing a greater role in opera casting, then check out this production.
Job is the winner of the North Dakota District of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in 2007, and Second Place Winner for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2006, he is also the Grand Prize Winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition of 2005.
As with so many basses, he doesn't get many barihunk roles. He's been singing Count Ribbing in Un ballo in maschera, the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Dr. Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Zuniga in Carmen, and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni.
Maybe we need to get him working with some German directors, so we can see him looking more like Günther Groissböck.