Christòpheren Nomura

Christòpheren Nomura

Baritone Christòpheren Nomura has appeared with many of the leading North American orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Pops under internationally renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Sergiu Comissiona, Christof Perick, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodman, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, and Nicholas McGegan. He last appeared with Music of the Baroque in March 2012.

A noted Bach and early music specialist, Christòpheren Nomura has been a frequent performer with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Oregon Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, and the Berkshire Choral Festival. He has performed with Apollo's Fire, Tafelmusik, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

He is a regular guest artist with a number of orchestras, including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. Other recent performances include Bach’s B Minor Mass with Dawn Upshaw at the Cartagena International Festival, his debut with Boston’s Discovery Ensemble in Martin’s Jedermann Monologues, and the premiere of Songs of War & Loss by Anthony Plog, a commission for Nomura and the American Brass Quintet which was reprised for his Aspen Festival debut.

In the realm of opera, Christòpheren Nomura is a noted Mozartean, known for his portrayals of Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He sang Papageno for his debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Così fan tutte for his Hawaii Opera debut, and the Count in Figaro for his Opera Carolina debut. He has likewise had a strong association with Puccini's Madama Butterfly. He was Prince Yamadori in the SONY film co-directed by Martin Scorsese and Frédéric Mitterand, conducted by James Conlon, and appeared in Butterfly for his debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and Cincinnati Opera.

Other notable performances include Bernstein's Mass at the Vatican for the "Jubilee Year" in 2000, performing before an audience of 15,000 in the Salla Nervi and simulcast to some 200,000 people in Vatican Square.

Christòpheren Nomura's discography includes recordings on the Sony, Dorian, Teldec, London, Denon, TDK, and L'oiseau Lyre labels. His recording of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 on Telarc was nominated for a Grammy (Best Classical Ensemble Recording).

Christòpheren Nomura performs in Handel's Esther on February 25 and 27.