Christopher Grundy, baritone

 Christopher Grundy, baritone, has been hailed as a "rising star...who brought eloquence and musicality to the performance." (reichelrecommends.com) A magnetic performer, as Don Giovanni he "made an impact in the part, vocally and dramatically." (Bloomington Herald-Times) Other operatic roles include Count Danilo (Merry Widow), Aleko (Aleko), Alfieri (View from the Bridge), Smirnov (The Bear), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Dr. Gachet (Vincent—world premiere). On one week's notice he learned the lead baritone role for the world premiere of Decameron with the International Opera Theater of Philadelphia: "the baritone Christopher Grundy, stepping in just days before the premiere, in the lover roles, sometimes with lengthy soliloquy, gives no less than a heroic performance." (Philadelphia Edge)

Christopher performed the baritone solos in an 11/11/11 memorial concert of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem alongside tenor Stanford Olsen and soprano Carol Vaness with the American Festival Orchestra and Chorus in Salt Lake City. His other concert appearances include Handel Esther (Amor Artis), Duruflé Requiem, Bach Magnificat and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Fairfield County Chorale), the 30th Anniversary "Colonial Concert" (Orchestra New England), Haydn Große Orgelsolomesse (Great Neck Choral Society) and Charpentier Te Deum (St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York) and Mahler Kindertotenlieder.

A passionate advocate of song and chamber music, Christopher has given frequent recitals across the United States of repertoire spanning seven centuries. He performs often with pianist William Braun with programs including Schubert's Schwanengesang and mélodies of Debussy and Poulenc. Christopher has a particular interest in music of the 20th Century, and champions the vocal works of Ferruccio Busoni, Alban Berg, Othmar Schoeck and Georgii Sviridov.

Christopher holds an M.M. from Indiana University, where he studied with Wolfgang Brendel, and a B.A. from Yale University, where he was the Assistant Conductor of the Yale Russian Chorus and the Yale Glee Club. Christopher was formerly a professional helicopter pilot and flight instructor with experience in Sikorsky, Eurocopter, Bell and Robinson helicopters.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211

email: musicfestival@musicfestival.com

Phone: (920) 854-4060