Chris Merritt American-born tenor

Chris Merritt American-born tenor

Chris Merritt was born in Oklahoma City and completed his education at the Oklahoma City University, which bestowed on him an honorary doctorate. He has made guest appearances at the leading opera houses in the world, in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Barcelona and Buenos Aires. Among his most important rôles have been Idomeneo, Tito, Ferrando, Tamino and the great tenor rôles of Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Offenbach. m>

Chris Merritt American-born tenor

Chris Merritt has appeared in Moses und Aron, Oberon, Busoni’s Doktor Faustus and Messiaen’s St François d’Assise at the Salzburg Festival. He sang in the world première of Henze’s Venus und Adonis in Munich, in Rusalka at the New York Metropolitan Opera and appeared as Herod in Genoa, Bologna and at The Netherlands Opera; he sang Wozzeck and in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Katya Kabanová at the Hamburg State Opera. Other appearances include Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne, and Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden. In Stuttgart he sang the rôle of the Fugitive in Intolleranza 1960.

 Experienced performances

Opera Role Operahouse Date
I Puritani Arturo Metropolitan Opera Metplayer

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Concert/Gala] CID:350552
National Council Concert
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1976
First Appearance: Chris Merritt, Ashley Putnam, John Carpenter, William Stone
[Met Performance] CID:270820
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {8}
Parade {8}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {8}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {8}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1982
Debuts: Lester Holmes, Eric Lamp, Gail Dubinbaum, Emily Hastings
[Met Performance] CID:270870
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {9}
Parade {9}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {9}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {9}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1982
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:270910
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {10}
Parade {10}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {10}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {10}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270960
Parade : An Evening of French Music Theater{11}
Parade {11}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {11}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {11}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1982
[Met Performance] CID:271010
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {12}
Parade {12}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {12}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {12}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1982
[Met Performance] CID:271050
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {13}
Parade {13}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {13}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {13}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1982
[Met Performance] CID:271090
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {14}
Parade {14}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {14}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {14}

Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1982
[Met Performance] CID:271140
Parade: An Evening of French Music Theater {15}
Parade {15}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {15}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {15}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1983
[Met Performance] CID:271160
Parade : An Evening of French Music Theater{16}
Parade {16}
Les Mamelles de Tirésias {16}
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges {16}

Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1983
Debut: Lucille Beer
[Met Performance] CID:302670
New Production
Semiramide {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1990
Debuts: Lella Cuberli, Youngok Shin, Chris Merritt
Review
[Met Performance] CID:302700
Semiramide {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302850
Semiramide {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1990
[Met Performance] CID:302920
Semiramide {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1990
Review
[Met Performance] CID:302950
Semiramide {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1990
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:303830
I Puritani {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1991
[Met Performance] CID:303870  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
I Puritani {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1991
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:303910
I Puritani {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/3/1991
[Met Performance] CID:303950
I Puritani {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/6/1991
Debut: Herbert Perry
[Met Performance] CID:304070
I Puritani {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/1991
Debut: Martile Rowland
[Met Performance] CID:328160
Rusalka {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/3/1997
Debut: Laurie Feldman
[Met Performance] CID:328200
Rusalka {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/7/1997
[Met Performance] CID:328230
Rusalka {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/1997
[Met Performance] CID:351109 
Kát’a Kabanová {15}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/2004
Debuts: Jirí Belohlávek, Jorma Silvasti
[Met Performance] CID:351113
Kát’a Kabanová {16}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351117 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Kát’a Kabanová {17}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/25/2004
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351120
Kát’a Kabanová {18}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351123
Kát’a Kabanová {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/01/2005

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