B i o g r a p h y
Praised for his "boyish charm" and "hearty baritone" voice, Jonathan Christopher has led quite an exciting life thus far as a young performer. Raised in Bermuda and Massachusetts, Jonathan started studying music, theatre, and dance as part of the family trade, in which both his father and brother thrive. Continuing to study music and theatre at the University of Michigan, Jonathan received a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Daniel Washington. He recently completed his Graduate studies in the Opera Performance program at McGill University in the studios of Sanford Sylvan, Patrick Hansen, and Michael McMahon.
A 2012/2013 Resident Artist with Syracuse Opera, Jonathan performed the roles of Sciarrone in Tosca and Anthony in Sweeney Todd, as well as a touring scenens program entitled Nine More Opera in 90 Minutes, which travelled throughout upstate New York.
Operatic highlights include the roles of Jim and The Undertaker in Skylight Music Theater's production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, the title role in Don Giovanni and Marcello in La Bohème (Opera McGill), Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Bay View Musical Festival, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and Janiec Opera Company, North Carolina), Ubalde in Gluck’s Armide (the University of Michigan), and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (La Villa della Musica, Milan, Italy). Jonathan was a 2012 Resident Artist at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, performing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music. The 2010/2011 season saw Jonathan making his professional operatic debut as Figaro, in collaboration with the Marcello Giordani Foundation and Vero Beach Opera in Florida, followed by the role of Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Vermont’s Green Mountain Opera Festival. Recent solo orchestral and choral performances include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms’ Requiem and Liebeslieder Walzer, Dvorak’s Mass in D, and Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale.
Also an avid actor, Jonathan has performed with The Sondheim Center’s Way Off Broadway Company in Iowa, as Donkey in Shrek the Musical, The Emcee in Cabaret, and Smudge in Forever Plaid Presents Plaid Tidings! As a member of the University of Michigan’s Department of Theatre and Drama, Jonathan was featured in the plays Our Lady of 121st Street, J.B., As You Like It, and Madmen and Specialists. Roles including The Proprietor in Assassins, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, and Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in Ragtime, round out Jonathan’s experience in the world of musical theatre.
In recital Jonathan toured throughout the Veneto region of Italy for two summers with the Asolo Song Festival; in Salzburg, Austria, through the University of Miami; in Michigan, through the Pine Mountain and Bay View Music Festivals and the University of Michigan, and in Bermuda, through the Ensemble Singers Recital Series.
Jonathan continues to be inspired by every new opportunity, whether in theatre, opera, oratorio or recital.
La Boheme, Opera McGill, 2011. Photo by Adam Scotti