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!
Donald Munro has included Dead Man Walking at Fresno Grand Opera - in which Chris starred as the title character Joseph DeRocher - on his annual top 20 cultural events of Fresno for 2016! See the article here.
Christopher Magiera was the winner of the Johannes Somary Award at the prestigious 2016 New York Oratorio Society Competition.
"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
Chris joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover the roles of Senator McCarthy/ Estonian Frank/ Interrogator