Bass-baritone Christopher Besch is proud to have performed in seven countries on three continents with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, and Jeffrey Thomas. He has been described as having "a commanding stage presence and rich resonance of deep bass sound" (DC Theatre Scene). Recently, Mr. Besch created the role of Apollo in the premiere of Anthony Brandt’s Kassandra with Opera in the Heights as well as the role of Peter Gray in the premiere of What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline with Houston Grand Opera (HGOco). As a frequent performer of concert repertoire, Mr. Besch's recent appearances include Verdi’s Requiem with the Green Bay Civic Symphony, Haman in Handel's Esther with Ars Lyrica, Messiah with the Texas Master Chorale, and Mars in the American premiere of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa with American Bach Soloists. Additionally, he is a frequent soloist with Bach Society Houston and appeared with them at the 2017 Leipzig Bach Festival in Leipzig, Germany.
Chris presently serves as Lecturer in Voice at UT-San Antonio and is a doctoral candidate at Rice University, where he teaches the vocal physiology and acoustics curriculum. His primary research interests include the acoustics and psychoacoustics of voice with a particular to the role auditory perception plays in the perception and pedagogy of the sung voice. Mr. Besch has also done extensive work with VoceVista as a teaching tool, both in the studio and pedagogy classroom. More information at www.christopherbesch.com.