Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has released a list of her favorite show from each year she has covered the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis festival season. Chris is featured twice on the list for his debut as Onegin and return as the Captain in The Death of Klinghoffer. Click through to read more.
Chris was recently interviewd by Laura Hettiger of Channel 4 in St. Louis in preparation for the annual Sing for Siteman concert - a benefit for cancer research. You can find the video on the KMOV - CBS website or by clicking the title.
The first reviews are in from Chris' lauded performance of Sharpless in Madame Butterfly at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. Click through to read them!
Beginning with the next school year, Chris will be a professor at the DePaul School of Music in addition to continuing his performing career.
"Both Christopher Magiera (Sharpless the American consul) and Melissa Fajardo (Suzuki, Cio-Cio San's maid) are sturdy foils. Magiera in particular brought an authenticity, and a solid baritone, to the consul whose professional boundaries frustrate his human sympathies." -Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News
“Coming back to Santa Fe after his success as last summer’s Valentin, Christopher Magiera’s Zurga has a lot going for it: a mellow, throbbing baritone with an exceptionally free and easy high register, fine musicianship, good French, and a handsome ‘physique du role.’”
— James Sohre, Opera Today
"Some of the evening's best work came from Christopher Magiera as the fundamentally decent American consul, Sharpless, whose warnings to Pinkerton of the tragedy to come are blithely ignored. Magiera's portrayal combined a smooth, intelligently used baritone with acting ability of a high order."- Sarah Bryan Miller Saint Louis Post Dispatch
“...warm-voiced Christopher Magiera portrays the Captain with weight and authority.” -Warwick Thomson, Bloomberg News