American tenor Christopher Sokolowski has been praised by Ôlyrix for his “shimmering velvet voice,” “Wagnerian power and a stage savvy”, and “technical maturity well beyond his years”. This season 2023/24, Sokolowski makes his debut as the title role in Verdi’s Ernani at the Theater St. Gallen and perform Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Theater Winterthur. Since his transition to the dramatic tenor Fach he has performed in St. Gallen as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Siegmund in Die Walküre and “Der Ring an einem Abend”, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, and the tenor soloist in a scenic production of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, for which Polish magazine Ruch Muzyczny writes “Christopher Sokolowski has the talent, personality, and makings of a great spinto tenor.” He debuted at the Staatsoper Hannover as Wagner and Neréo in Boito’s Mefistofele and at Oper Frankfurt as Ken in Vito Žuraj’s Blühen. In the summer of 2023, he performed the Prince in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges at Des Moines Metro Opera, “unleashing torrents of gleaming sound, each phrase more impressive than the last” (Opera Today).
In the 2019/20 season Sokolowski performed the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Bregenz while in his second year of the Opernstudio of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. In Stuttgart, he debuted many roles with the company in critically celebrated new productions of Mefistofele, Don Carlos, Die sieben Todsünden, Le nozze di Figaro, and Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, as well as roles in repertory productions of Carmen, Ariodante, Pikovaya dama, and Der Schauspieldirektor. With the Staatsoper Stuttgart he was also seen in concert at the Baden-Baden Festspiele and the Opéra National du Rhin.
A grand finalist of the Paris Opera Competition, Sokolowski performed Zandonai and Wagner at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées to great acclaim. He was awarded the Rohatyn Great Promise Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and the Hermann Leopoldi Musikpreis in Vienna’s International Otto Edelmann Competition and was a grand finalist in Innsbruck’s International Cesti Competition. In concert the tenor has performed often in New York and across the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and Japan in repertoire ranging from the baroque to world premieres, including many oratorio and concert works of Bach, Britten, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Orff, Schubert, and Vivaldi.
A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Sokolowski completed his vocal studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (M.M.) and the Purchase Conservatory (B.M.), and was a guest artist for the Tanglewood Music Center and the Fondation des Treilles Académie de la voix.