Greek bass Christophoros Stamboglis appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His repertoire includes more than 70 roles and he has performed in more than 250 productions. He has worked with esteemed conductors and directors on both the concert platform and the operatic stage, and has recorded for LYRA, EMI Classics, Bongiovanni Records, Fondazione Rossini and MDG (Diapason d’Or).
The 2017/18 season sees Stamboglis returning to Grand Théâtre de Genève to sing Kálmán Zsupán in Johann Strauss’s Le Baron Tzigane. He also returns to Opéra de Rennes to sing Oroveso Norma.
Stamboglis’ recent highlights include Andrea Cornaro in the rarely performed opera La reine de Chypre at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms, Don Pasquale at Opéra de Rennes and returned to Bayerische Staatsoper to debut Oroe in David Alden’s new production of Semiramide.
A graduate of the Athens Conservatory, he was awarded the Maria Callas scholarship that took him to London to study under Vera Rozsa at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a principal bass at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he remained for five seasons performing roles such as Oroveso Norma, Alidoro & Don Magnifico Cenerentola, Mustafa L'Italiana in Algeri, title role Don Pasquale, Leporello Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Sparafucile Rigoletto, Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Claudius and Hamlet. He has also made numerous appearances in Italian theaters performing the key roles of the bass coloratura repertoire such as Lord Sydney Il Viaggio a Reims, Alidoro La Cenerentola and buffo roles such as Don Magnifico La Cenerentola, Don Pasquale and Socrate Immaginario (live recording). Stamboglis performs regularly with his native Greek National Opera, where roles have included Leporello Don Giovanni, Basilio I Barbiere di Siviglia, Silva Ernani, Fiesco Simone Boccanegra, Maometto II L’assedio di Corinto, Enrico VIII Anna Bolena, the title role of Attila and Gouveurneur Le Comte Ory.
Stamboglis made his US debut as Sobakin The Tsar’s Bride at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Eve Queler and made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, later performing the roles of Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro and Fernando Il Trovatore. He made his Royal Opera House debut as Ramfis Aida, returning as Rodolfo La Sonnambula, and appeared as Idraote & Astarotte Armida and Commendatore Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera and as Giorgio I Puritani for Grange Park Opera. Further operatic highlights include his first Timur in Renata Scotto’s production of Turandot at the opening of the 2006 Athens Festival, La Cuisinière The Love for Three Oranges at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Philippe Don Carlos at Caramoor Festival. Further recent highlights for Stamboglis include Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Real Madrid and the Royal Opera House
On the concert platform, he has performed regularly at the Megaron, Athens, since its opening in 1991. Highlights include his debut as Filippo in Vosconti’s acclaimed production of Don Carlo, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini's Stabat Mater conducted by Christopher Hogwood, and Palémon in a concert performance of Thais conducted by Michel Plasson. Elsewhere he made his debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as Monterone Rigoletto in 2015, performed Verdi's Requiem in Cyprus and the Casa da Musica in Porto, and appeared at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus singing Ramfis in a concert performance of Aida.
Roles and repertoire
Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro
Fernando Il Trovatore Metropolitan Opera
Rodolfo La Sonnambula
Bartolo Le nozze di Figaro Royal Opera House
Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia Glyndebourne Festival
Philippe II Don Carlos
Alfonso D’Este Lucrezia Borgia Caramoor Festival
Don Alfonso Così fan tutte Greek National Opera, Leporello Don Giovanni
Basilio I Barbiere di Sivigla
Silva Ernani, Fiesco Simone Boccanegra
Maometto II L’assedio di Corinto
Enrico VIII Anna Bolena
title role Attila
Gouveurneur Le Comte Ory Greek National Opera
NewsHub, July 2014
Christophoros Stamboglis, who wowed us last year in Caramoor's Don Carlo, gave us a passionate and vengeful Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara and Lucrezia's husband. Always singing beautifully while still portraying the many emotions of the Duke, Mr. Stamboglis was a highlight of this production.
Bachtrack, June 2013
For me, the outstanding soloist was Christophoros Stamboglis as Giorgio Valton, the benevolent uncle of our heroine Elvira. His voice was strong, rich, warm, dripping with syrup. There aren’t too many operatic parts for undiluted paternal affection, and Stamboglis spread a warm glow whenever he was singing.