Norwegian bass-baritone Christian Valle is a graduate of the Guildhall School in London where he studied with Robert Dean.
The 2019/2020-season Christian will be a member of the Opera Studio at Bayerische Staatsoper with roles such as Farfallo (Die Schweigsame Frau), Billy Jackrabbit (La fanciulla del West) and Jarno (Mignon). Christian made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Surin (Queen of Spades) and at Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, singing High Priest (Semele) and covering Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande). For British Youth Opera (BYO) he sang Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and he has worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO several times, including Ruffiack in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre directed by Peter Sellars. Operatic roles at the Guildhall School includes Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Secret Police Agent (The Consul) and Brandon (The Long Christmas Dinner). Christian has also been in the Glyndebourne chorus and covered 1st Priest and 2nd Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte).
Christian has performed at the Norwegian National Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Oslo Concert Hall, Grieg Hall Bergen, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall and The Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, amongst others. He has also sung the Messiah at St. John’s Smith Square, London and recently took part in the celebration of Edvard Grieg's 175th anniversary, 'Grieg minute by minute' in Bergen, working with conductor Edward Gardner.
Christian was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner award as best Norwegian singer in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017 and participated in a masterclass with the Canadian tenor Ben Heppner at Oscarshall in Oslo. He was also a Help Musicians UK Richard Van Allan Award holder 2017 and has received scholarships from Skipsreder Tom Wilhelmsens throughout his studies. Sadler's Wells awarded him the Dame Hilda Bracket Prize for his performance as Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) for BYO.
At the Guildhall School, Christian has worked closely with the renowned mezzo soprano, Sarah Walker; this has included several recitals at the St Lawrence Jewry Music Festival. Christian has also sung in masterclasses with Edith Wiens, Robert Lloyd, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Peter Rose and worked with pianist Iain Burnside.