Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth
Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth, associate professor of voice
and director of opera, has appeared with various regional opera companies in
the United States. His professional operatic credits include leading and
featured roles in Don Giovanni, Così
fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Le nozze di Figaro, Kismet, Madama Butterfly, Roméo
et Juliette, Carmen, La Traviata, Les contes d'Hoffman, Die Fledermaus, Street
Scene, and Amahl and the
Musical theatre credits include leading roles in Joseph, Showboat, The Mystery of Edwin Drood,
and Big River.
Hollingsworth has also appeared with several regional orchestras as tenor
soloist in the Messiah, Elijah, Christmas Oratorio, Saint
Nicholas Cantata, Beethoven’s Ninth Choral Finale, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Mass in C, and Haydn's Lord Nelson's Mass.
In September 2005, he created the role of Nat in the World
Premiere of Nancy Van de Vate’s Where
the Cross is Made. This opera was released on the Vienna Modern Masters International Label
in 2006. In August 2011, the tenor traveled to the Czech Republic where he
recorded the role of Laertes in Nancy Van de Vate’s Hamlet with the Moravian Philharmonic also released on Vienna Modern Masters International Label.
He has directed numerous opera productions and scenes
programs. Recent productions include: Così fan tutte, Orfeo ed Euridice, Gianni Schicchi, The Telephone,
Bastien und Bastienne, Amahl and the Visitors, and The Christmas Rose.
Hollingsworth served on the Illinois State University
faculty from 2002 to 2010 as assistant professor in voice and director of the
Opera Practicum. He has also served on the faculty at Syracuse University as
adjunct professor of voice and opera, and at Lycoming College as an adjunct
lecturer in voice.
Hollingsworth holds a B.M. in vocal performance from DePauw
University, an M.M. in opera/vocal performance from Binghamton University, and
a D.M.A. in vocal performance and literature from the University of Illinois.
- Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, DePauw University, 1992
Master of Music, Opera/Vocal Performance, Binghamton University, 1998
Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance and Literature, University of Illinois, 2004
Listen to Performances by Dr. Hollingsworth