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Chris Carducci: Biography/Résumé

Chris Carducci

Born April 18, 1978, Christy Bates Carducci was killed tragically at the age of 28 when the private plane that he was flying in crashed late at night April 20, 2006. Four other musicians (all of whom were friends of his) were also killed instantly in the accident that apparently occured due to bad weather conditions at approximately 11:43 EST.

A two-time winner of the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition, Chris had worked with the Toledo Opera as a resident artist, Carmel Bach Festival, Michigan Opera Works, and the Perrysburg Symphony. The Monroe, MI, native began his vocal studies with Virginia Starr and Andreas Poulimenos at Bowling Green State University, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Music in Education with a Choral emphasis. Carducci was a student of Timothy Noble in the master’s program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Last year, Chris created the role of Pontius Pilate in Pilatus, a new opera by Robert Samels who also perished in the accident. Chris was scheduled to perform the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni in the 2006-7 IU Opera Theater Season.

Though he didn't know it yet, Chris had also been accepted for an assistantship at I.U. while continuing his post graduate voice studies in 2006-07. Chris was also going to be offered a job by the Portland Opera Company in Oregon.

The following paragraphs make up his professional biography and I'd like to leave it the way that he had it so that you all can read it. Thank you for your support.

-Dave Carducci (May 2006)


“Brimming with energy and solidity of baritonal voice,” Chris Carducci is in demand as a concert soloist throughout the Midwest and Canada, having recently performed the solo duties in Fauré’s Requiem in Windsor, Ontario and J. S. Bach’s Trauer Ode, BWV 198 in both Anderson and Indianapolis, Indiana. The baritone will return to Lafayette, Indiana for a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine with the Bach Chorale Singers and conductor William Jon Gray. Carducci has been called upon to perform a wide span of oratorio encompassing Monteverdi and Bach to Duruflé and Vaughan Williams. In addition Carducci has contributed in historically authentic performances of Baroque repertoire with the vocal chamber group KammerBach. This group collaborates with authentic instrument ensembles, such as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, in performances throughout the region.

Equally at home on the opera stage the baritone has bowed with Toledo Opera, Michigan Opera Works, Bowling Green State University Opera Theater, and Indiana University Opera Theater. In 2005 he created the role of Pontius Pilate in the world premiere of PILATVS by composer and colleague Robert Samels. The landmark performance was given at Indiana University to critical acclaim.

Carducci represented Indiana University at the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s "The Song Continues…2005" at Carnegie Hall in a master class with soprano Benita Valente. In October he was recognized by the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Indiana District with an Encouragement Award. A two-time winner of the Conrad-Peatee Art Song Competition, Carducci spent the last two summers with the Carmel Bach Festival and has served as a Resident Artist with Toledo Opera. Additionally, the Monroe, Michigan native has appeared in master classes with Håkan Hagegård, Richard Miller, and Roger Vignoles.

This summer Carducci will be in residence as an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera in Colorado. His duties will include covering the title role in CCO’s production of Don Giovanni, performing the baritone role in the “cabaret style” Face on the Barroom Floor, and participating in master classes and training workshops. Carducci has studied voice with Timothy Noble and Andreas Poulimenos and holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M.).


Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) Papageno (The Magic Flute) Antonio (Figaro) Speaker (Flute) Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale) Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi) Prosdocimo, the poet (Il turco in Italia) Hermann/Schlemil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) Sid (Albert Herring) Count Robinson (Il matrimonio segreto) Elder Ott (Susannah) Pooh-bah (The Mikado) Mr. Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) Dandini (La Cenerentola) Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) Ford (Falstaff) Olin Blitch (Susannah)
MONTEVERDI Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) (Bach Chorale Singers - Lafayette, IN)
J. S. BACH Cantata: “Nun danket alle Gott”, BWV 192 (Indiana University) Cantata: “Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl”
-(Trauer Ode), BWV 198 (Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra) Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (IU) Magnificat, BWV 243 (IU) St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Carmel Bach Festival)
HANDEL Messiah, HWV 56 (Perrysburg Symphony) Alexander’s Feast, HWV 75 (IU) Cantata: “Dalla Guerra amorosa” HWV 102a (Bowling Green State University) Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 (BGSU)
MOZART Regina coeli, K. 276 (BGSU) Grand Mass in C minor, K. 427 (IU) Requiem, K. 626 (Bach Chorale Singers)
SCHUBERT Mass in G, D. 167 (BGSU)
SCHUMANN Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Op. 112 (IU)
FAURÉ Requiem, Op. 48 (Windsor Classic Chorale/Windsor Symphony–Windsor, Ontario)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona nobis pacem (1936) (IU)
DURUFLÉ Requiem, Op. 9 (BGSU)