Tenor

American tenor, Christopher Fülling, based in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, performs early sacred music as well as contemporary music theater. He specializes in 17thC and Gregorian Chant repertoires which he has performed across Europe and recorded with conductors including Gabriel Garrido, Daniel Reuss, and Eugene Liven d’Abelardo. He also performs modern opera and experimental music theatre roles, including rock opera, from the Bielefeld Opera to Burning Man. Recently, he has performed solo staged works of artsong repertoire: Doktor Prospero and Männerliebe und -Leben.

Educated at Princeton and CalArts, he move to Europe in 1999 as Beebe Fellow to study Baroque voice with Max von Egmond and Peter Kooy and continued his studies in Medieval music with Eric Mentzel. He is also a theatre director and co-founded the Art Monastery in Italy. [Full CV & audio examples below]

Audio examplesEdwardian parlour song (Quilter)17thC Evangelist (Schmelzer), Outrageous rock opera (Oberthaler):

Video sample: Doktor Prospero

Curriculum Vitæ (Printable .pdf)

 

OPERA, MUSIK-THEATER, & ROCK OPERA:

Aliotti: Sansone (SANSONE) concert version with Gabriel Garrido and Ensemble Elyma at Sarrebourg Festival (F)

Beethoven/Wolkenstein: Zeitreise des Barbarossa (BARBAROSSA) with Grotest Maru Kyffhaüser, Thüringen (D)

Cage: Complete Songbooks (tenor soloist) w/Maulwerker at Theater Bielefeld (D)

Commedia dell’Arte: Landini in Romeo e Giulietta (PRIEST), Calici sotto le Stelle, Labro (It)

Puccini & 16thC: Lo Zanni Contra i Turchi (CAPITANO) Rieti Festival (It)

Gregorian Chant: Grÿndevesper & Ubbo’s Droom (MONK) OEROL Festival, Terschelling (NL)

Handel: Acis and Galatea (ACIS) with Opera Noord-Holland Noord, Haarlem & Amsterdam (NL)

Janacek: From the House of the Dead (KEDRILL) Long Beach Opera (US)

Koolmees/Mediæval: Obscura Cappella Amsterdam & Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel 25 city NL tour

Landi/Monteverdi/d’India: Ninfamania! (TIRSI) Theatre Artaud, San Francisco

Lowenstein: Hearts in Need of Mending (PERRY) Getty Center, Los Angeles (World Premiere)

Monteverdi: L’Incoronazione di Poppæa (NERONE) Calarts Opera, Los Angeles

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (SPIRITO) semistaged w/Gabriel Garrido and Ensemble Elyma in Lyon Opera & Perigeux (F) Utrecht (NL) San Sebastian &Vigo (Sp)

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (TAMINO) Moorpark Opera, California (US)

NEAPOLITAN: American Decadence (PAVAROTTI) w/Art Monastery for Labro Festival, (It)

Nichols: A Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse (STETSON) Teatro ZinZanni, SF (World Premiere)

Nussbaum: Orpheusarchipel (tenor soloist) Theater Bielefeld (D)

Oberthaler: Joe Messiah (DARK SPACEMINSTREL) Burning Man (World Premiere) & Theatre Artaud, San Francisco

Oberthaler/Balinese: Situbanda (DANARAJA) Bali Arts Festival, Denpasar & Indonesia tour

Purcell/Gomez-Peña: LA Indian Queen (ZAPATISTA) Long Beach Opera California (US)

Webber/Codex Calixtinus: Mura (ROCKMONK) spectacle w/Grotest Maru, Petrusplatz, Duisburg (D)

Zappa: 200 Motels (COWBOY BURT) Cappella Amsterdam & Nederlands Philharmonic, Holland Festival, Amsterdam

 

EARLY MUSIC CONCERT & ORATORIO SOLOIST:

Bach: Magnificat in S. M. degli Angeli in Rome with Osvaldo Guidotti

Bach: Johannes Passion EVANGELIST or soloist in Zandaam, Utrecht, Philadelphia, Princeton

Bach cantatas with Karl Hochreiter (Berliner Gedächtniskirche), Jan Pasveer (Westerkerk Amsterdam), (Sebastian Holz: Utrecht) and as a fellow of the Bach Aria Festival (Stonybrook, NY);

Buxtehude: Jesu Membra Nostri with Cappella Confluentes in Dusseldorf and Köln

Byrd: St. John Passion EVANGELIST St. Martin of Tours, Los Angeles

Dowland: Elizabeth & Essex: concerts in Berlin & Koblenz with Maria Skiba and Frank Pschicholz

GREGORIAN CHANT concerts, liturgies, recordings with Hartkeriana (Amsterdam), Schola Cantorum Amsterdam, and the Art Monastery in Watou (BE), Ravenstein (NL), Besançon & Montfoucon (F) Genova, Orvieto, Calvi dell’Umbria, Labro (It)

Grandi/Palestrina/Monteverdi/Schütz: Canticum: concertante versions of Baroque Opera in Rome, Seattle, et al.

Handel: Messiah in Los Angeles, Princeton, and Santa Cruz

Lasso: Penitential Psalms in Skt. Hedwigs Katedrale, Berlin

MEDIÆVAL concerts: Vox Nostra (Berlin & Chorin), Fata Organa (Amsterdam & Berlin), Art Monastery w/Candace Smith, Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, Tim Rayborn, Ann Allen (Poggio, Calvi, Labro (IT))

Monteverdi: Selva Morales recording and concerts with Gabriel Garrido

Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers in 22 city tour of France and Belgium with Gabriel Garrido also with Kenneth Slowick and the Oberlin Festival, and others in Los Angeles, Haarlem & Dordrecht (NL)

Pacelli/Monteverdi/Lasso/d’India: Italian/Polish Sacred Concerts: Pacelli Project on Italy tour

Pacelli/Zielenski/Marenzio/Lasso: Polish Easter Vespers & Polish Quadragesima Vespers: Cappella Confluentes, recording and performances in Utrecht (NL) and Berlin, Zwickau, Waldheim, Koblenz (D)

Peri/d’India/Monteverdi et al. Orfeo son io. solo recital in the Heinrich Schützhaus in Bad Köstritz (D)

Rossini: Petit Messe Sollenelle. Ensemble Morgenster (Sebastian Holz) Utrecht, Hilversum (NL)

Schmelzer: Auferstehungshistoria: EVANGELIST: Domkirche (Rene Röder) Waldheim (D)

Schütz: Musikalische Exequien with Nederlands Cantorij (Martin Kooy) Utrecht (NL) & Waldheim (D)

Schütz/Schein/Scheidt/Prætorius: Ascension Vespers: Cappellla Confluentes & Sophienkantorei Berlin

Zelenka: Lamentationes . Ensemble Morgenster (Sebastian Holz) Utrecht (NL)

 

CHORAL AFFILIATIONS:

Hartkeriana (Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo), Capella Amsterdam (Daniel Reuss), Ensemble Elyma/Coro Madrigalia (Gabriel Garrido), L. A. Master Choral (Paul Salamunovich), Santa Cruz Choral (Paul Vorwerk)

 

EDUCATION:

1986-90 BA in anthropology (minors in music and art history) at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

1991-93 MA in interdisciplinary arts (incl. directing for film, theatre, TV) Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

1993-97 MFA in opera directing & voice performance at California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Fellow at the Bach Aria Festival, Stonybrook, NY

1998 Staff member at Amherst Early Music Festival, MA

1999 Guest artist at Oberlin Early Music Festival, OH

1999-2000 Beebe Foundation Fellow: Baroque voice at the Academie voor Oude Muziek, Amsterdam

2000: “Start Student” scholarship at Early Music Festival Casa Mateus (P)

2001 Fellow at Ambronnay Baroque Academie (F)

TRAINING:

Voice studies: James Koenig, Eric Mentzel, Max von Egmond, Dr. Harlan Hokin, Jacquie Bobak, Barry Ellis

Medieval music and chant with Benjamin Bagby, Eric Mentzel, Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo

Baroque interpretation with Gabriel Garrido, Peter Kooy, Max von Egmond, Paul Vorwerk Alan Vogel

TEACHES:

Gregorian Chant Notation and Performance Practice