American baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert performs concerts and opera throughout the world, frequently with his twice GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble, New York Polyphony.
Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, Christopher has also received acclaim for his “smooth baritone voice”, his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities”. He is a recipient of awards from the Sullivan Foundation and Gérard Souzay Competition and he was a 2014 Naumburg Competition semifinalist. His outdoor Winterize/Winterreise project with Make Music New York is described by The New York Times as "brave and, in all senses, chilling... an elegantly lean performance that would have been impressive in any context but was remarkable under these conditions."
Recent performances in concert and opera include John Cage's Renga with the San Francisco Symphony, the title role in Handel's Saul for Trinity Wall Street's Twelfth Night Festival, Fariseo in Caldara's Maddalena with the American Classical Orchestra, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea with Musica Angelica, the title role in The War Reporter at The Prototype Festival and Stanford LIVE, Henrik in A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Dover Beach at Lake George, Winterreise at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Kindertotenlieder with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and various recitals with pianists Thomas Bagwell and Timothy Long. In previous seasons, Christopher performed Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera Vivente, Connie in Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Il prigioniero in Il piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall. He has also performed with the Boston Pops and at Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, and Central City Opera.
In addition to his performance career, Christopher has varied experience in foreign policy, public relations, and arts management. He has served in leadership roles for the consulting firm the Denver Research Group, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency's Integrated Crisis Early Warning System project, the public relations firm Brown Lloyd James, and the non-profit Sing for Hope. His social media and marketing work was a prominent part of Sing for Hope's 2010 and 2011 Pop-Up Pianos throughout New York. His writing on Middle East and foreign policy has been published by the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy Association.
Christopher graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. in Music and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He also holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He teaches voice at William Paterson University and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.
You can learn more about his twice GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble, the classical vocal male quartet New York Polyphony, by clicking here.
Updated August 2015.