Ted Christopher has been the artistic director of Penn State Opera Theatre since 2008. He has overseen and directed several successful and innovative operatic performances at Penn State, including Hansel and Gretel (2009), The Marriage of Figaro (2010), The Coronation of Poppea (2010), and Gianni Schicchi (2011). He has also expanded the artistic relationship between the School of Music and the School of Theatre, and several of Opera Theatre’s productions have been held up as models of collaboration and interdisciplinarity, which is a hallmark of Penn State’s mission and work.
Dr. Christopher received baccalaureate and master’s degrees in vocal performance and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included Mikael Eliasen and Marlena Malas. He supplemented his studies as a member of the Juilliard Opera Center, where he worked with Frank Corsaro, and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, where he coached with renowned soprano Regine Crespin. He received his doctorate in musical arts (performance and literature) from the Eastman School of Music in 2009.
He has engaged in a wide and diverse career as a singer, actor, director, and teacher. In opera and concert, he has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His operatic repertoire spans five centuries, from Monteverdi to Hiram Titus, and includes appearances with such companies as Cleveland Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Anchorage Opera, Skylight Opera Theater, the Ash Lawn/Highland Festival, Western Opera Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, and the Ohio Light Opera. In concert, he has appeared with ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Rundfunksinfonie Orchester, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Singers, in such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Rudolfinum (Prague), the Schauspielhaus (Berlin), and Carnegie Hall.
His discography consists of recordings with the Albany, Naxos, and Newport Classics labels, including several recordings under the auspices of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Milken Archive of American Jewish Music.