Norwegian bass-baritone Christian Valle studies with a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In September he joined the Guildhall School’s world renowned Opera Course. He studies under the continued guidance of Robert Dean.
In 2017 Christian made his professional debut at Garsington Opera singing the High Priest in Semele, he also performed in the chorus and covered Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande. In 2016 Christian worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, performing the role of Elder Brother in the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ final opera The Hogboon. He worked again with Rattle and the LSO in 2017 performing Ruffiack in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre directed by Peter Sellars. Christian originated the role of Prof. Dinet (Evariste) at the Tête à Tête festival in 2015.
Recent concert work includes Brahms Requiem and Händel’s Messiah. Other concert repertoire includes Bach’s St John Passion, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Brahms Liebeslieder.
Christian was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner award as best Norwegian singer in Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017 and participated in a masterclass with the Canadian tenor Ben Heppner at Oscarshall in Oslo. He is also a Help Musicians UK Richard Van Allan Award holder and has received scholarships from Skipsreder Tom Wilhelmsen throughout his studies.
Throughout his time at the Guildhall School, Christian has worked closely with the renowned mezzo soprano, Sarah Walker; this has included several recitals at the St Lawrence Jewry Music Festival. Christian has also sung in masterclasses with Edith Wiens, Robert Lloyd, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Ben Heppner and Peter Rose and worked with pianist Iain Burnside.
Upcoming operatic highlights include Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera and the Secret Police Agent in Menotti’s The Consul at the Guildhall School. Concert highlights include a Messiah at St. John’s Smith Square, London.