[…] the Wuppertal Theatre have a great talent in their ranks, with an agile and brilliant voice
Christian Sturm as Fenton, whose declaration of love is pure tenor luck.
(Der Westen 11.2011)
A marvellous achievement from Christian Sturm as steersman.
[…]Christian Sturm in the role of the steersman leads the sailors with lyrical tenor-intensity, perfectly articulating and phrasing….
(Deutsche Bühne 09.2011)
Until 2014 the young tenor was engaged at the WuppertalTheatre, where he knew great successes as BELFIORE in ‘La finta giardiniera’, FENTON, ALMAVIVA, STEUERMANN, ALFRED, ORONTE a.m.m.. Previously, he was a member of the Coburg Municipal Theatre.
As TAMINO in ‚The Magic Flute For Children’ he made his debut at the German Opera on the Rhine. In 2012 he was MONOSTATOS here in ’The Magic Flute’. At the Wiesbaden State Theatre he portrayed NERONE in Monteverdi’s ‘Poppea’.
Guest performances brought him already as TAMINO to the State Theatre at the Gärtnerplatz (Muncih), to the Koblenz Opera House (King Arthur, Das Rheingold, Die Fledermaus), to the Munich State Theatre (Die stumme Serenade), the Liederhalle Stuttgart (The Little Prince),to the Richard Strauss Festival (IDAMANTES in Idomeneo), the Graz Opera House (Figaro), the Händel Festival Karlsruhe (Alarico) and the International Opera Festival St. Margarethen (Carmen).
Christan Sturm started his musical career with piano lessons and from 2000 he took up singing studies at the Munich Conservatory for Music and Theatre with Joseph Loibl and Daphne Evangelatos. He studied Lieder singing with Helmut Deutsch and Céline Dutilly, Oratorium with Christian Gerhaher and took master classes with Christoph Prégardien and Toby Spence.
His first opera experience the young artist made as ACIS with Annette Dasch in Händel’s ‘Acis & Galatea’ at the Pergamon-Altar in Berlin. As a member of the Bavarian Theatre Academy August Everding he regularly performed in various productions at the Prinzregententheater in Munich e.g. in Henry Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’ (produced by Claus Guth), in Axel Köhler’s production of Händel’s ‘Rodrigo’ (as GIULIANO) and Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night‘s Dream’ (as LYSANDER). He portrayed AENEAS in Alexander Nerlich’s interpretation of Cavalli’s ‘La Didone’, BELFIORE in Christian Pöppelreiter’s production ‘La Finta Giardiniera’ and sang AENEAS in Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’.
In summer 2009 he was for the first time engaged at the Richard Wagner Festival in Wels (Austria) . In 2010 and 2011 he sang here the YOUNG SHEPHERD and the SAILOR in ‘Tristan und Isolde’ . So, Christian Sturm regularly returns to this renowned festival, in 2014 as STEERSMAN and WALTER VON DER VOGELWEIDE in ‘Tanhäuser’, in 2015 as SAILOR and WALTHER.
Christian Sturm is also a very much sought-after concert soloist. His repertoire includes not only Bach’s Passions, but also works from Händel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Britten. He participated in a WDR production (Western German Broadcasting) of Kalman’s ‘Bajadere’ under the musical direction of Richard Bonynge and in 2015 he sang ALFRED in ‘Die Fledermaus’ with the Stuttgart Philharmonics.