Christopher Mooney, baritone, has been delighting American audiences since his debut as Marcello in La Bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. He has since appeared nationally with New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Opera Theatre, Opera Northeast, Connecticut Grand Opera, State Repertory Opera of New Jersey and the Caramoor Festival. While still a student at Juilliard, Mr. Mooney was chosen to star with Vivica Geneaux in La Cenerentola at the Caramoor Festival, directed by Will Crutchfeld, which drew rave reviews in the New York Times. He has shared the stage with such notables as Sherrill Milnes, Jerry Hadley, Jerome Hines, Renee Flemming and Marcello Giordani. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Opera Orchestra of New York’s production of Lucrezia Borgia. More recent New York engagements included a return to Carnegie Hall in Adriana Lecouvreur, and as Polydorus with Sir Charles Mackerras in L’Enfance du Christ.
Mr. Mooney received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. He has taught voice at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is currently on the voice faculty of Christopher Newport University, and has directed a diverse selection of operas, including Britten’s Albert Herring and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. Locally, he regularly sings with the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony and the Norfolk Chamber Consort. After serving as Vice President of Virginia NATS, he is now the Governor of the Virginia Region.
Local credits have included Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance and Tosca with the Virginia Opera and Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Virginia Symphony. Mr. Mooney serves on faculty with Opera Festival di Roma, directing opera scenes and performing in their main stage productions in Rome and Orvieto, Italy.
Mr. Mooney lives in Williamsburg with his wife Christine and sons Kevin and Brendon.