[…]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 Wuppertal Theatre, where he knew great successes as BELFIORE in ‘La finta giardiniera’, FENTON, ALMAVIVA, STEUERMANN, ALFRED, ORONTE and many others. In the season 16/17 he returned here to sing the 1st tenor in Steve Reich’s “Three Tales” and in “Aschemond” or Henry Purcell/Helmut Oehring’s “The Fairy Queen”. In the season 17/18 he was LE CHASSEUR and LE FACTEUR here in “Juliette” . In 2017 he had his debut as CASSIO in “Otello” at the Oprera di Columbia in Bogota.
In 2017 he portrayed the role of PETER in a WDR (Western German Broadcasting) production of Offenbach’s operetta “Die Zaubergeige” . He had guest performances as NERO in Händel’s “Agrippina” at the Munich Cuvilliés Theatre and as ANDREA COCLÉ in Korngold’s “Stumme Serenade” at the Coburg Theatre. Lately, the versatile tenor could be seen a.o. as 1st JEW in “Salome” and the GREAT DUKE in “Katharina die Grosse” at the Mannheim National Theatre, as ALFRED in concertant performances of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and as NORONE in productions at the Munich Cuvilliés Theratre and the Withertur Theatre in Switzerland.
Christian 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.
Christian Sturm made his first opera experiences 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 numerous 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” (GIULIANO) and Britten’s “A Midsummer Night‘s Dream” (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”.
Since 2009 he is a regular guest at the Richard Wagner Festival in Wels (Austria), first as ESQUIRE in “Parsifal”, in 2010 and 2011 as the SHEPHERD and the SAILOR in “Tristan und Isolde”, in 2014 as the STEERSMAN in “Der Fliegende Holländer” and WALTHER VON DER VOGELWEIDE in “Tannhäuser” and in 2015 again STEERSMAN and WALTHER.
As TAMINO in “Die Zauberflöte für Kinder” he made his debut at the Rhine Opera Düsseldorf-Duisburg. In 2012 he was MONOSTATOS here in “Die Zauberflöte”. At the Wiesbaden State Theatre and the Dortmund Theatre he portrayed NERONE in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”.
Guest performances already brought him as TAMINO to the State Theatre at the Gärtnerplatz (Munich), 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).
In 2016 he was the STEERSMAN in “De Fliegende Holländer” at the Opera Festival ‘Oper auf der Halde’
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.
In 2019 he makes his debut as 2nd JEW in Salome at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv.