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CHRISTOPHER HOCHSTUHL

Tenor

 
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Christopher Hochstuhl

    Mr. Hochstuhl is currently a member of the NRW Opernstudio, where he can be seen performing with the city opera houses in Essen, Dortmund, Wuppertal, and Gelsenkirchen. Highlights of this season include Orpheus in Gelsenkirchen's Orpheus in der Unterwelt and Pontius Pilate/Annas in Wuppertal's Jesus Christ Superstar. Mr. Hochstuhl is also to be seen in supporting roles in Essen's productions of Il trittico, Don Carlo, and La bohème and in concert with Oper Dortmund. In December of 2019, Mr. Hochstuhl made his German principal debut singing the lead tenor role of Pilot in Stadttheater Gießen's new baroque pastiche Glaube.Liebe.Abschied. Mr. Hochstuhl was scheduled to make his debut with Opera Wilmington as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in the summers of 2020/2021 (twice postponed due to COVID). Mr. Hochstuhl has performed with professional opera companies and festivals across the United States.  In the winter of 2019, Mr. Hochstuhl was seen with the Sarasota Opera, performing several concerts in the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and Bradenton as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Florindo (Mascagni's Le maschere), and Orphée (Orphée aus enfers). He also made appearances in Sarasota Opera's Turandot, Die Zauberflöte, and Nabucco.  In the summer of 2019, Mr. Hochstuhl made his debut with Teatro Nuovo covering the roles of Giannetto and Isacco in Rossini's La gazza ladra. Mr. Hochstuhl also performed the tenor solo in movement 9 of Rossini's Stabat Mater, La gazza in La gazza ladra, and appeared in Bellini's La straniera.

Highlights of earlier seasons included Lucano and Liberto Capitano in Montevedi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Opernfest Berlin, Oronte in Handel's Alcina as a professional fellow in the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival, and performances with the New York City Opera in Rameau's Pygmalion and the American premier of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain. Mr. Hochstuhl has also performed with Boise's Opera Idaho, the Bel Canto Festival at Caramoor (NY), and the Arezzo Opera Festival. With Opera Idaho, Mr. Hochstuhl covered Nemorino in the mainstage production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, performed the role in an outreach tour of 38 performances across the state of Idaho, and soloed in concerts in the cities of Boise, McCall, and Pocatello. With Caramoor, Hochstuhl appeared in Bellini's Il pirata and concerts of bel canto songs and opera in both the Venetian Theater and Spanish Cortile under the baton of Will Crutchfield. With the Arezzo Opera Festival, Mr. Hochstuhl performed the role of Oronte in Händel's Alcina at the Badia delle Santa Flora e Lucia in Arezzo, Italy.

 

An active concert soloist, Hochstuhl recently made his debut with the Princeton Pro Musica as tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music in Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium. Additional concert soloist credits include Handel's Messiah; Mozart's Requiem with the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Orchestra in Wilmington, NC; and J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion and Johannes-Passion with the Saint Peter’s Lutheran Period Orchestra (NYC). Mr. Hochstuhl has also premiered 3 new-work commissions as tenor soloist: The Courtship by Valingieri with AnticoModerno in the First Lutheran Church of Boston, Mass by Fitzmartin with the Philadelphia Sinfonia in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center (Philaldephia), and Lux Notcis by Sedek with the New Jersey Choral Arts Society.  

      

           Mr. Hochstuhl’s second passion in life is teaching classical and musical theatre solo singing and thus he maintains a private studio between performances. Mr. Hochstuhl is also on the voice faculty of the college preparatory division of Rowan University. Many of Mr. Hochstuhl’s students are now pursuing professional music degrees in musical theatre and voice performance at universities across the United States. Amongst acceptances to several programs, recent alumni of the studio are studying musical theatre at Boston University, the University of Tampa, James Madison University, and The College of New Jersey. Students of classical singing are studying currently at the Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and Montclair University. Current students are performing roles in their high schools’ musicals and regional theatre programs with the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, the Paper Mill Playhouse, the McCarter Theatre, and the Count Basie Theatre. Additionally, students have placed in competitions such as NJ NATS, and have received awards from their regional theaters. 

       

         Having completed a focus in voice pedagogy with the Westminster Choir College, Mr. Hochstuhl has presented his original research at the 2017 Voice Foundation (Philadelphia), World Voice Day (Princeton), Gender & Sexuality Studies Colloquium (Rider University), and the Independent Scholarship and Creative Activities Presentations (Rider University). Mr. Hochstuhl completed his first publication in 2015 for his writing on gender transgression and masculinity in the music of female Disney Villains,  “Poor Unfortunate Gender Stereotypes”, published by W.W. Norton & Company on The Avid Listener. 

            

          Prior to dedicating himself to professional voice studies in conservatory, Mr. Hochstuhl studied the flute, and was even accepted to Indiana University’s BM in Flute Performance program. Mr. Hochstuhl still enjoys performing as a flutist on occasion. He has recorded on the Naxos Label in the CD “Carolae: Music for Christmas” featuring the music of James Whitbourn, James Jordan, and the Williamson Voices. This CD was nominated for preliminary voting for a GRAMMY in best choral performance. 

           

          Mr. Hochstuhl is an alumnus of the Westminster Choir College, having completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Charles Walker. At Westminster, Mr. Hochstuhl was repeatedly featured in the college's opera company and art song festivals. He also served as the graduate assistant of voice pedagogy, overseeing student/faculty research and working with students to assimilate theoretical concepts studied in voice science into practical application in their own singing in the Presser Voice Laboratory.

 

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2023 PERFORMANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia

Performing the role of Oloferno Vitellozzo

Jan. 5th at 7:30pm

Jan 14th at 7:00pm

Feb. 4th at 7:00pm

Feb. 15th at 7:30pm

Mar. 10th at 7:30pm

Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

2022 PERFORMANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents The Beauty of (Dis-)Obedience

with music by Benjamin Britten

Dec. 18th at 21:00

Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia

Performing the role of Oloferno Vitellozzo

Nov. 26th at 7:00pm

Nov. 30th at 7:30pm

Dec. 12th at 4pm

Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Mehrmusik Liederabend

Oct. 10th 

Aalto Musiktheater Essen Foyer

Essen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Wagner's Tannhäuser

performing the role of Heinrich der Schreiber

Sept. 24th

Sept. 28th

Oct. 1st

Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Ensemble Mattiacis presents Cavalli's L'Ormindo

performing the role of Amida

Aug. 24th at 9:00pm

Circle of Cultures - Forum der Kulturen zu Fragen der eit e.V.

Berlin Schöneberg

 

Musiktheater im Revier presents Henze's Das Wundertheater and Hartmann's Wachsfigurenkabinett

performing the role of Chanfalla (Wundertheater) 

various (Wachsfigurenkabinett)

May 26th at 6:00pm

May 29th at 6:00pm

June 23 at 7:30pm

June 24 at 7:30pm

Kleines Haus

Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland

Oper Wuppertal presents Jesus Christ Superstar

performing the roles of Pontius Pilate and Annas

March 24th at 7:30pm

March 25th at 7:30pm

June 8th at 7:30pm

June 9th at 7:30pm

June 10th at 7:30pm

Oper Wuppertal

Wuppertal, Deutschland

 

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Don Carlo

performing the role of Conte di Lerma

March 12th at 7:00pm

March 19th at 7:00pm

March 30th at 7:30pm

April 10th at 6:00pm

April 22nd at 7:30pm

April 30th at 7:00pm

May 21st at 7:00pm

Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents La Boheme

performing the role of Parpignol

February 20th at 7:00pm

Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen presents Orpheus in der Unterwelt

performing the role of Orpheus

February 24th at 7:30pm

Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents Il trittico

performing the roles of Venditore di Canzioni and Amante

January 22 at 7:00pm

January 30th at 6:00pm

February 5th at 7:00pm

February 13th at 6:00pm

March 2nd at 7:30pm

March 20th at 6:00pm

March 31st at 7:30pm

April 24th 6:00pm

June 15th at 7:30pm
Aalto Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Oper Wuppertal presents Die Zauberflöte

performing the role of Erster Geharnischter

Dates TBD (due to NRW Flooding)

Oper Wuppertal

Wuppertal, Deutschland

2021 PERFORMANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS
 

Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen presents Orpheus in der Unterwelt

performing the role of Orpheus

October 30th at 7:30pm
November 7th at 6:00pm

November 27th at 7:30pm

December 12th at 6:00pm

December 31st at 7:30pm

Musiktheater im Revier

Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland

Aalto Musiktheater Essen presents La Boheme

performing the role of Parpignol

December 17th at 7:30pm

December 26th at 7:30pm

Musiktheater Essen

Essen, Deutschland

Oper Wuppertal

Liederabend, Mitglieder des Opernstudios NRW

November 21st at 12:00pm

Oper Wuppertal - Foyer

Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen

NRW Opernstudio Vorstellung - Theaterfest 2021

Sept 4th

Opera Wilmington presents Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

Tamino

Wilmington, North Carolina
***re-postponed due to COVID-19. Dates TBD***



2020 PERFORMANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS

Opera Wilmington presents Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

Tamino

Wilmington, North Carolina
***postponed to summer 2021 due to COVID-19. Dates TBD***

Leading Masterclass: Musical Theatre Audition Workshop 

collaboration between Rowan University and the Rowan Community Music School

Audition masterclass for HS aged musical theatre singers

December 13th

2020 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions: Boston Districts

December 12th


Stadttheater Gießen presents Glaube.Liebe.Abschied
A pastiche opera with music by Poulenc (Die Menschliche Stimme) J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Bruckner
(additional information here)

December 15th 2019 at 7:30pm

December 21st 2019 at 7:30pm

December 29th at 7:30pm

January 25th at 7:30pm

February 6th at at 7:30pm

February 21st at 7:30pm

April 5th at 7:30pm

Stadttheater Gießen

Gießen, Germany



2019 PERFORMANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS

Teatro Nuovo presents Bellini's La straniera
July 14th SUNY Purchase

July 17th Rose Theatre, JALC, NYC

Teatro Nuovo presents Rossini's La gazza ladra
cover Isacco, cover Giannetto

July 13th at SUNY Purchase 
July 17th Rose Theatre, JALC, NYC

 

Teatro Nuovo presents Rossini's Stabat Mater

June 27th at the Church of Heavenly Rest, NYC

Tenor soloist, Mvmnt. 9

Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Roonie 2019 Vocal Competition
National Finalist Round

April 13th at 2pm
First Presbyterian Church Lexington, KY

 

St. Paul's Episcopal presents Mozart's Requiem w/ orchestra
Tenor Soloist

St. Pauls Episcopal Wilmington, NC

March 29th at 7:30pm

Sarasota Opera presents Concerts at Noon

Friday, March 22 at 12pm

Lee & Bob Peterson Great Room

Sarasota Opera House