From his acclaimed presentation of Britten’s ALBERT HERRING in St. John’s, Newfoundland to his interpretation of Handel’s SOLOMON in Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Mayell maintains a hearty schedule of engagements. Praised in Opera Canada magazine for his wholesome tenor voice, Christopher Mayell has performed Bach’s Cantata No. 55 ICH ARMER MENSCH with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with the Kingston Symphony, Mozart’s MASS IN C MINOR with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Mozart’s REQUIEM with the Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers. He also joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as well as Orchestra London for performances of MESSIAH and internationally, he performed the role of Albert in a production of ALBERT HERRING at the Aldeburgh Festival in England.
Mayell began his 2015-2016 season with multiple roles in PAULINE produced by City Opera in both Vancouver and Quebec. His season continued with the MUMMER’S MASQUE with Toronto Masque Theatre, MESSIAH for the Kingston Chamber Choir, Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNE with the Pro Musica Choir, CARMINA BURANA for the Winnipeg Symphony and Toronto’s Amadeus Choir. Next season has Christopher joining Edmonton Opera as Pong (TURANDOT), Manitoba Opera as Dr. Caius (FALSTAFF) and Vancouver Opera as Basilio/Curzio (NOZZE DI FIGARO). Among last season’s highlights were CARMINA BURANA for the Grand Philharmonic Choir of Kitchener Waterloo, MESSIAH with the Bach Elgar Choir, IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA for Opera 5, Pong in TURANDOT (Manitoba Opera), Haydn’s CREATION for the Peterborough Singers and a Gilbert and Sullivan evening with the Niagara Symphony.
Highlights of the 2013-2014 season included Dr. Caius in FALSTAFF (Pacific Opera Victoria), August in THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE (Toronto Operetta Theatre), Almaviva in Cowtown Opera’s BARBER OF SEVILLE, CANDIDE (Calgary Opera) and concerts with Winnipeg’s Canzona (MASS IN B MINOR), Peterborough Singers (MESSIAH), Metropolitan United Church (JOHANNES PASSION) and the Kingston Symphony (Mozart’s REQUIEM). Other favourites: Dr. Caius in FALSTAFF for Calgary Opera, The Brazilian in LA VIE PARISIENNE for Toronto Operetta Theatre and Bach Cantatas for Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings conducted by Kevin Mallon.
Mr. Mayell has collaborated in the creation of new works, including Opera NUOVA’s, THE LIVES OF LESSER THINGS, Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera in Payne’s GET STUFFED!, and Aaron Gervais’ OKSANA G. The tall tenor is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Ensemble, performing in RIGOLETTO, Moore’s THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE, and Strauss’ ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. While in Calgary, he sang in a CBC broadcast of Respighi’s LAUDATE PER LA NATIVITA. Other credits include a tour of the Maritimes as Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Jeunesses Musicales. Mayell’s career advancement has been assisted by support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Professional Development Grant program, and a grant from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
|Léhar||Camille||THE MERRY WIDOW|
|Moore||Samuel||THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE|
Second Priest/First Guard
|Almaviva||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Strauss, R.||Brighella||ARIADNE AUF NAXOS|
|Ullmann||Harlekin, Soldat||DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS|
|Bach||Cantata No. 55
Cantata No. 148
Mass in B minor
|Beethoven||Mass in C
Symphony No. 9
|Haydn||Mass in C major|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor|
|Requiem in D minor|
|Vesperai Solennes de Confessore|
|Respighi||Laudate per la Nativita|
|Schubert||Mass in E flat|
“Tous les seconds rôles sont joués et chantés avec brio…le ténor canadien Christopher Mayell sont hilarants…ils chantent bien et sont de très bons acteurs.” [Falstaff, Manitoba Opera]
La Liberté, Pierre Meunier
“Christopher Mayell arrives in a burst of energy as the manic Brazilian and impressed with his bright tenor and nimble performance of his complex entrance patter song.” [La Vie Parisienne]
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile
“Christopher Mayell, a young man in real life, was the perfection of the doddery old Dr. Caius, draining everything and more from the role.”
Calgary Herald, Kenneth Delong
“….has a wholesome tenor voice.”
“Christopher Mayell countered further with a sweetly rendered, fluid and pliable tenor.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Stephen Preece
Laudate per la Nativita del Signore by O. Respighi
Canticle III “Still falls the rain” by B. Britten