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Chris Merritt

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1952

About Chris Merritt:

Chris Merritt (born September 27, 1952 in Oklahoma City) is an American tenor.

Merritt began piano studies at 8 years of age with Viola Knight. During this time, he also studied art at the Oklahoma Museum of Art. At 9 years of age he began dance studies under Jewel Grigsby. He credits Al Ossenkopp, one of the music teachers at his Oklahoma City high school, with inspiring him to take up a singing career.

Finally, Merritt began singing lessons in the preparatory department of Oklahoma City University at 15 years of age. His teacher was Florence Gillam Birdwell. By this time, he had already changed piano studies to Oklahoma City University (OCU) preparatory department with Dr. Robert Laughlin. It was also at OCU where he made his first operatic appearance in Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe, at the age of 17, in a university production and singing alongside university-school-mate Leona Mitchell. At 18 and 19 years of age he performed and studied at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Arkansas, under direction of Dr. Isaac van Grove. At age 20 he was accepted at the Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia as fellowship artist where he studied and coached with John Moriarti, Benton Hess and Rhoda Levine. At age 21 he was accepted into the summer season "Apprentice Program for Singers" at The Santa Fe Opera. During his college career at Oklahoma City University from 1970 to 1978, Merritt's voice teachers were Inez Lunsford Silberg and Florence Gillam Birdwell. Later, he also received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from that institution.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Che gelida manina Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
2Ah! mes amis Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Tonio
3Di quella pira Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
4A te o cara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo
5Pour mon ame Popularity:

Opera: Fille du régiment, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Tonio
6Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
7Ah! si ben mio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
8Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
9Si ritrovarla io giuro Popularity:

Opera: Cenerentola, LaComposer: RossiniAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramiro
10Manrico? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruiz/Manrico
11Asile hereditaire Popularity:

Opera: Guillaume TellComposer: RossiniAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Arnold
12Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.14

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Raimondo
13La speranza piu soave Popularity:

Opera: SemiramideComposer: RossiniAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
14Vieni fra queste braccia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo
15Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
16Tombe degli avi miei Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo
17Arrigo ah parli a un core Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo
18O patria Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: S T B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Danieli/Procida/Arrigo/Guido
19Angelo casto e bel Popularity:

Opera: Duc d'AlbeComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles:
20Tu vedrai che amore in terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
21Vivi tu te ne scongiuro Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy
22Amor..possente nome! Popularity:

Opera: ArmidaComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: Voice: Language: Italian

Roles:
23Dal piu remoto esilio Popularity:

Opera: due Foscari, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jacopo Loredano
24Giorno di pianto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo
25Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
26Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
27Or dove fuggo io mai Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Bruno
28Eccomi a voi miei prodi Popularity:

Opera: Donna del lago, LaComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
29Non indugiare Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12

Type: quintetVoice: T B Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Ping/Pang/Pong
30In quale aspetto imbelle Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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