Christopher Diffey is a tenor much in demand for his versatility, embracing music from the Baroque and Bel Canto, through Wagner and Bernstein. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Opera Course (London), Christopher is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and is currently an ensemble member at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.
His work has taken him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including to Dutch National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Garsington Opera.
Recordings include Melchior in Hans Thomalla's world premiere opera Dark Spring, as well as the role of Condulmiero for Garsington Opera in their production of Rossini’s Maometto Secondo, available on CD here.
Christopher's most recent appearances include his debuts for Staatstheater Meiningen in the demanding role of Arindal (Die Feen) by Richard Wagner and Theater Bielefeld in a production or Schubert's masterpiece Winterreise (orchestrated by Zender), role debuts of Max in Weber's Der Freischütz and Erik in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer for Nationaltheater Mannheim, einspringen for the Komische Oper Berlin (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) and Theater Freiburg (Der Freischütz), the title role in a new production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring (NTM), Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, along with the world premiere of Hans Thomalla's Dark Spring at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, voted one of the four outstanding new operas of the 2020/21 season by Opernwelt, and released on CD by OEHMS, as well as covering the role of Hauptmann in Wozzeck for the Festival d'Aix en Provence under Sir Simon Rattle and Simon McBurney. Recent seasons included roles in Anna Nicole with Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Tamino with Theater und Orchester Heidelberg and NTM, David in Wagner’s masterpiece Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with NTM and Staatstheater Wiesbaden, as well as François in A Quiet Place (Bernstein) with Theater Lübeck. Upcoming performances for the 2023/24 season include the main role of Severin in Der Silbersee (Kurt Weil) for NTM with Calixto Bieito, and a new production of Boris Godunov for NTM.
Christopher is represented by Weiler Artists Management Berlin. If you would like to contact them about prospective work, please do so by emailing Thomas Weiler at ed.stsitra-reliew%40reliew
Updated 21st September 2023