Christopher Newcomer, countertenor, is making a name for himself in the worlds of opera and musical theatre. Chris recently finished a run starring as Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO the Musical on Broadway, this performance marked his Broadway debut. This season Chris will appear as Aeolus in The Tempest with Opera at Rutgers as well as Evanco in Handel's Rodrigo with OPERAMISSION. Also Chris will be recording rarely recorded vocal works on a CD with World Oceans Music. Christopher is a graduate of the University of Maryland Opera Studio where he studied with Linda Mabbs. At Maryland Chris appeared as Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream and he played the title role in their new production of Xerxes for which the Washington Post said he tackled the role "Indefatigably".
Recent performances include Arbate in the New York stage premiere of Mozart's Mitridate and Hob's Mother in Opera at Rutgers production of Flora. Christopher grew up just outside Philadelphia where he first developed his love of singing. As a student at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts he performed roles in over ten opera productions as both tenor and countertenor. Some memorable roles include Orpheo in Orpheo ed Euridice, Endimione in La Calisto and the Sorceress in Dido in Aeneus. As Dick McGann in
Christopher has done extensive musical theatre work before and during college and alltogether in over 40 theatrical productions. He has performed lead roles in Brigadoon, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly and many others. At Rutgers Chris studied with NATS master teachers Judith Nicosia and Dr. Christopher Arneson. In the summer of 2006 Chris appeared as Angelo in the U.S. stage premiere of Schumann's only opera Genoveva under the direction of Kasper Bech-Holten at the Bard summerscape festival. While there he also performed in his one man Cabaret show to wonderful reception. Chris has twice been a member of the Wolf Trap opera studio at Wolf Trap Opera Company. There he appeared as Castrato in John Musto's Volpone and as Le Chef de la Police in L'etoile. Recently a commercial recording of Wolf Trap's production of Volpone was released and nominated for a 2009 Grammy, it can be purchased on iTunes.