Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff
Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman
read biochemistry at Warwick University and studied singing at the Royal
Academy of Music.
His concert engagements have included the Philharmonia
Orchestra with von Dohnanyi, BBC Symphony Orchestra with John Adams, Orchestra
of the Age of Enlightenment with Sir Roger Norrington, London Symphony Orchestra
with Sir Simon Rattle, Concentus Musicus Vienna with Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
Dresden Staatskapelle with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boston Symphony Orchestra
with James Conlon and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Kurt Masur.
He has recorded the Vaughan Williams Serenade
to Music for Decca; Warlock, Holst and Somervell songs for Collins Classics;
and he took part in Deutsche Grammophon's complete Beethoven Folk Song project.
His recording of Schumann’s Dichterliebe for Hyperion was released
to tremendous critical acclaim and he has recently recorded Schumann’s
Liederkreis, Op.24, with Graham Johnson, a Debussy album with Malcolm
Martineau and a disc of English songs with Roger Vignoles. On film, he has
appeared in John Adams’ award-winning The Death of Klinghoffer.
On the opera stage, he has sung Dandini, La
Cenerentola (La Monnaie, Brussels), Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia
(Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin), Laurent, Therese Raquin (San Diego
Opera), Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia and Guglielmo Così
fan tutte (English National Opera) and the title role in Billy Budd
(Welsh National Opera and Seattle Opera). His roles at the Glyndebourne
Festival include Ned Keene, Peter Grimes, Sid, Albert Herring
and Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro and he recently created the role of
Sebastian in the world premiere of Thomas Adès The Tempest
at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Future engagements include Tarquinius
at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, a return to Glyndebourne as Papageno
and to Covent Garden as Guglielmo, Cosi and Nardo, La finta giardiniera.
Christopher Maltman has appeared in recital
at the Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, Buxton, Lichfield, City of London, Harrogate,
Arundel and Cheltenham Festivals, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Gulbenkian
in Lisbon, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the
Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and in New
York at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. He is a regular guest
at the Wigmore Hall and the Schubertiade Festival.
The pianist Roger
Vignoles is one
of Britain's most outstanding musicians. Originally inspired by the playing
of Gerald Moore, he decided on leaving University to pursue a career as
a piano accompanist, completing his essential training with the distinguished
Viennese-born teacher Paul Hamburger.
Since then reviewers worldwide have consistently
recognised his distinctive qualities as a player. Among his first partners
was the great Swedish soprano Elisabeth Söderström, whom he regularly
accompanied throughout the 1970s and 80s. During this period, he also developed
particularly fruitful collaborations with Dame Kiri to Kanawa; with Sir
Thomas Allen, recording many works including Schumann's Dichterliebe
and Schubert's Winterreise; and with Sarah Walker, in a wide repertoire
of song, from German Lieder and French Mélodies to cabaret songs
by Gershwin, Britten and others.
Recent seasons have included tours with
Sylvia McNair, Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Graham, Véronique Gens,
Sir Thomas Allen and Joan Rodgers, as well as recitals with Olaf Bär,
Kathleen Battle, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Christine Schäfer,
Thomas Hampson, Lorraine Hunt, Stephan and Christoph Genz, Monica Groop
and Sarah Walker, including appearances at the Bath, Cheltenham, Brighton,
Aldeburgh, Prague, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Ravinia Festivals. He
is also a regular visitor to the Schubertiade in Feldkirch.
In 1997, the Schubert year, he devised
and directed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London a week-long series entitled
"Landscape into Song", in which his culminating performance of
Winterreise with Robert Holl was described by The Times as "one
of the most memorable performances of the year." In 1998 he inaugurated
the Nagaoka Winter Festival in Japan, giving recitals and masterclasses
based on Schubert's Winterreise and has subsequently returned each
year as artistic director. Last December he was the subject of BBC Radio
3's Artist in Focus series. In 2001 he took part in the Schumann
Festival at the South Bank in London giving recitals Wolfgang Holzmair,
Christiane Oelze and Robert Holl and gave staged performances of the complete
Britten Canticles in Barcelona with John Mark Ainsley and Michael Chance.
Among his recent recordings, La Belle
Epoque with Susan Graham (devoted to the songs of Reynaldo Hahn), Nuits
d'Etoiles with Véronique Gens (Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc)
and a CD of Strauss, Mahler and Marx with Katarina Karneus all have been
nominated for Gramophone awards, while his recording of Beethoven songs
with Stephan Genz on Hyperion won the 1999 Award in the Song Category. Future
releases include the complete Wolf Mörike-Lieder with Stephan
Genz and Canciones Amatorias, a CD of Spanish Songs with Bernarda
Fink. His new CD with Lieder by Dvorák (sung by Bernarda Fink) has
received many awards.
Future engagements include recitals with
Robert Holl, John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, Bernarda Fink, Katarina
Karneus, Olaf Bar, Miah Persson and Mark Padmore.