Christopher Dunham made his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in 2018 in the role of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo. He returns in 2020 as Zuniga in Carmen.
A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Christopher is a recent graduate of L’Atelier lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal. His roles include Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Don Giovanni, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Schaunard and Marcello (La Bohème), and Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro).
Upcoming engagements include Dr. Falke in La chauve-souris with Opéra de Québec. Recent engagements include Escamillo in Carmen (Opéra de Montréal and Nickel City Opera, Buffalo), Germont in La traviata (Jeunesse Musicales Canada), Messiah (McGill Chamber Orchestra), Schaunard (Opéra de Montréal), the Corporal in La fille du régiment and Brother in The Seven Deadly Sins (Atlanta Opera).
Christopher is a recipient of the Young Mentorship Prize from Jeunesses Musicales Canada and a two-year recipient of grants from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers.
Baritone Christopher Dunham was amazing as Argante; vocally he was incredibly strong, without losing any weight from his voice even in the difficult coloratura passages that he navigated so well. His characterization of the villain was both menacing and comedic in equal measure, and his seduction of Almirena was great, but his on-again/off-again relationship with Armida was incredibly funny.
Melissa Ratcliff, Schmopera, review of Rinaldo, Pacific Opera Victoria, 2018
It was a triumph. This was mainly due to someone called Christopher Dunham, who sang the role of the barber, Figaro. Possessed of an enormous baritone voice that he used with great musicality and intelligence, he proved he could not only sing like a god but act brilliantly, dance, play the guitar for his serenade and probably do stand up and improv if asked nicely.
Hugh Fraser, review of The Barber of Seville, Brott Music Festival, 2015