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 few seasons, the “intrepid, individual artist” (Opera Now) has performed as a leading tenor throughout Europe, including at the Hamburg State Opera, Salzburg State Theater, Theater Osnabrück, Theater Aachen, Stadttheater Bern, and the Theater Bremen, site of his “sensational début” (Opernglas) in 2014 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
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.
In the 2017-2018 season, Lysack makes his house début in the title role of Berlioz's Damnation de Faust at the Linz State Theater in Austria. He also returns to the Theater Bremen for two exciting projects: first for Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, in which he sings the role of the unlucky lover Sergei, and later for the theater's Leonard Bernstein 100 – Eine Geburtstagsgala, a series of concerts devoted to the conductor-composer's 100th anniversary. In this latter program, Lysack is thrilled and excited to mix and match highlights from his own musical upbringing, as he will be both singing excerpts from West Side Story (Tony) and also appearing as the piano soloist in George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
The sometime pianist made his German chamber music début in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg in 2015, 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.