Chris Childs Santos – Baritone
“Young baritone Chris Childs Santos made a strong impression,” (Opera Magazine, September 2015)
Chris currently studies with Nicholas Powell after winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music supported by the Hedley Trust. He sang as a bass with Chelsea Opera Group as Ottario in Donizetti’s Belisario, Comandante in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Chirurgo in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, all at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Now singing baritone, Chris has been fortunate enough to sing as a soloist in operas with distinguished conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Peter Robinson and Gianluca Marciano, as well as singing in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, John Shirley Quirk and Sir Thomas Allen.
Previous baritone roles include Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Hamlet in excerpts from Thomas’ Hamlet, all at RNCM, covering and singing Hel Helson in British Youth Opera’s production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet and Escamillo in Carmen (Opera at Bearwood), Silvio in I Pagliacci, in concert with Chelsea Opera Group and on stage with Opera Seria as well as Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata with Winslow Hall Opera, Opera South and Opera Lyrica.
Future plans include Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes with Co-Opera as well as covering Paolo in Simon Boccanegra with Fulham Opera.