Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman read biochemistry at Warwick University before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music.
He is renowned for his portrayal of Don Giovanni which he has sung at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festival, the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Cologne Opera, the Netherlands Opera, the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Ravinia Festival, San Sebastian Festival and in Beijing. He also starred in Kaspar Holten’s film, “Juan”.
A regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, his roles have included Papageno/”Die Zauberflöte”, Guglielmo/”Così fan tutte”, Forester/”The Cunning Little Vixen”, Marcello/”La Bohème”, Ramiro/”L’Heure Espagnole” and Lescaut/”Manon Lescaut”. At the Glyndebourne Festival he has sung Papageno/“Die Zauberflöte”, Figaro/”Le nozze di Figaro” and Sid/”Albert Herring”. At the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, he has sung Tarquinius/”The Rape of Lucretia”, Don Alfonso/”Così fan tutte”, Marcello and Albert/”Werther”. Following his debut at the Vienna Staatosper in 2011 as Šiškov/”From the House of the Dead”, he has returned to sing Eugene Onegin, Figaro/”Il Barbiere de Sivigilia”, and Prospero/”The Tempest”.
Elsewhere in Europe, he has sung Il Conte/”Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Opéra national de Paris and in Zurich; Figaro/”Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Marcello/”La Bohème” at the Liceu, Barcelona; Oreste/”Iphigénie en Tauride” at the Salzburg Easter Festival, and the title role of Birtwistle’s Gawain at the Salzburg Festival. An acclaimed Billy Budd, he has sung the role at the Welsh National Opera, in Turin, Seattle, Frankfurt and in Munich.
In the U.S. he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Rossini’s Figaro, Papageno, Harlekin/”Ariadne auf Naxos” and Silvio/”I Pagliacci”; in San Francisco as Papageno; in Seattle as Guglielmo; in San Diego as Figaro and Laurent/”Therese Raquin” by Tobias Picker, and in Los Angeles as Beaumarchais/”The Ghost of Versailles” and as Alfio/”Cavalleria rusticana” and Tonio/”Pagliacci” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel.
In 2016 he made his role debut as Conte di Luna/”Trovatore” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His other Verdi roles include Simon Boccanegra at Frankfurt Opera, Posa/”Don Carlos” at the Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam and Frankfurt Opera. He will sing Guy de Montfort/”Les Vêpres siciliennes” and Don Carlo/”La Forza del destino” in future seasons.
The year 2017 includes his role debut as Wozzeck at the Netherlands Opera, and Vitelozzo Tamare in “Die Gezeichneten” in Munich, and Ford/”Falstaff” in concert with Daniel Harding and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Munich; Maltman returns also to Berlin as Don Giovanni and to Vienna as Onegin.
His concert engagements have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival, Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst, Philharmonia Orchestra / Christoph von Dohnányi, BBC Symphony Orchestra / John Adams, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment /Sir Roger Norrington, London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle, Tadaaki Otaka, Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis, Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala / Daniel Harding, Dresden Staatskapelle / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boston Symphony Orchestra / James Conlon and Sir Colin Davis, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Kurt Masur.
A renowned recitalist, he has appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Salzburg Mozarteum, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Philharmonie in Cologne, La Scala in Milan, in New York at both Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center, as well as at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals. He is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall.