Canadian tenor Chris Lysack brings a vast and unorthodox skill set to his craft. Initially having received his formal training at Indiana University as a concert pianist (Doctor of Music) and a literary scholar (PhD, French Literature) before completing his vocal studies at Manhattan School of Music, he is uniquely positioned to approach the most challenging repertoire with intellectual rigor and refined musicianship of the highest caliber.
In the past several seasons, the “intrepid, individual artist” (Opera Now) has performed as a leading tenor throughout Europe, with companies such as the Hamburg State Opera, Salzburg State Theater, Linz State Theater, Theater Osnabrück, Theater Aachen, Stadttheater Bern, Theater Bonn, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Darmstadt State Theater, and the Theater Bremen, site of his “sensational début” (Opernglas) in the Wagnerian repertoire as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2014.
Lysack has performed a broad cross-section of the repertoire, ranging from the title roles in Lohengrin, Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Peter Grimes, to such favorites as Florestan (Fidelio) and Cavaradossi (Tosca), and to lesser-known modern works, including York Höller’s Der Meister und Margarita and Brett Dean’s Bliss. The versatile tenor also has a particular interest in Czech music, having achieved acclaim as the Prince (Rusalka) and Laca Klemeň (Jenůfa) at the Theater Aachen, as well as in Janáček's song cycle Zápisník zmizelého at the Hamburg State Opera. Lysack has twice received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts for language study and role preparation in the Czech Republic.
Lysack opens the 2019-2020 season in his Swedish début with an old favorite—Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte—at Opera på Skäret. Shortly thereafter he makes his house début at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar in the title role of Offenbach’s Hoffmanns Erzählungen. Later in the fall he returns to Indiana University for his alma mater’s bicentennial celebration as Parsifal in Wagner’s final masterpiece.
The sometime pianist made his German chamber music début in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg in 2015, has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and Bremer Philharmoniker, and his piano discography includes recordings on the Capstone and Centaur labels. He began his singing career with young-artist engagements at Chautauqua Opera and Glimmerglass Opera in New York before joining the International Opera Studio, and later the ensemble, of the Hamburg State Opera.