Photo credit: Eric Melear
Christopher Turbessi is a collaborative pianist based in Houston, a Lecturer at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and faculty at the Collaborative Piano Institute. Past adventures have included stints as guest Music Staff at the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Utah Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and the Castleton Festival; Music Director for productions with the Santa Fe Opera Tour and the Opera Institute at Augusta University; Assistant Conductor at Virginia Opera; and Chorus Master at Virginia Opera and Syracuse Opera. Previously an Assistant Conductor and the Musical Supervisor of HGOco at Houston Grand Opera, he oversaw the musical efforts of that department, including the workshops and world premiere performances of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, Gregory Spears’ O Columbia, David Hanlon’s After the Storm, two new educational operas, a recital of commissioned song cycles, and several other innovative projects that came to fruition in future seasons. He is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as young artist programs at Virginia Opera, the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and Syracuse Opera. He holds a master of music degree in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz.
"Among the members of the HGO Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Spano in this performance, two players contributed vitally to realizing the magical sound world of Mozart's imagination: Christopher Turbessi on hammered glockenspiel (Papageno's magic bells); and Seth Allyn Morris on flute (Tamino's magic flute)."