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Artist Of The Week: Christopher Maltman

British Baritone Brings Enescu’s Work To Life In Salzburg

Enescu’s “Œdipe” is a rarely performed work that premiered in 1936 and has since has made limited appearances around the world. It’s a work that depends on the dramatic powers of its lead baritone and one that many consider a challenge. This week, the Salzburg Festival is set to present the opera in a new production with Christopher Maltman making his role debut.

Maltman is one of the leading baritones of his generation and one who has taken an interesting career trajectory.

While Maltman has performed some of the leading Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Bel Canto roles, the baritone has also taken on a number of rarely performed classic works as well as new works that include “Marnie,” “The Tempest,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Rape of Lucretia” and “Thérèse Raquin,” among many others.

With the title role of “Œdipe,” the baritone adds another powerful character to his repertoire and shows Salzburg audiences another facet of his diverse career.

After the Salzburg performances of Enescu’s work, Maltman returns to the title role of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in Berlin and Frankfurt before taking on the eponymous character of  Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” at the Wiener Staatsoper. He also sings in a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the LA Opera.

Read the complete feature via OperaWire.

Photo credit: Chris Singer

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