The Erfurt-born tenor Christoph
Genz received his first musical training as a member of the St.
Thomas’ Boys Choir in Leipzig. He continued his studies in
musicology at King’s College Cambridge where he was also a
member of King’s College Choir.
He studied voice under Hans-Joachim Beyer at the Hochschule
Musik und Theater in Leipzig and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
He won first prize at the International Singing Competition in Grimsby, England and the first prize at the International J.S.Bach-Competition in Leipzig.
Christoph Genz has been engaged for concerts, recitals and opera productions in Europe, Asia and the USA collaborating with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Ton Koopmann, Ingo Metzmacher, Marek Janowski, Markus Stenz, Ludwig Güttler, Daniel Harding, Ivor Bolton, Frans Bruggen, Marcus Creed, Thomas Hengelbrock, Helmut Rilling, Jesus Lopez-Coboz, Sigiswald Kuijken, Michail Jurowski, Peter Schreier, Masaaki Suzuki, Kent Nagano
His discography contains more than 50 CD and DVD recordings of operas, oratorios, songs and arias.
He has given recitals at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Louvre in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Schubertiade Hohenems/Feldkirch, Verbier, Davos, Luzern, Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, Svatoslav-Richter-Festival Moskau.
Christoph Genz was a member of the ensemble of the Basel Theater during the 1997/98 season. Guest engagements followed, among them Opera de Nancy (Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte), Theatre des Champs-Elysee, Paris (Tamino in Die Zauberflöte), Opera de Lausanne, Teatro alla Scala (under Giuseppe Sinopoli), Semperoper Dresden (Ferrando, Belmonte), La Coruna (Tamino), and the opera houses in Leipzig, Cologne and Wiesbaden.
From 2001/2 to 2004/5 he was an ensemble member of the Hamburg State Opera where he appeared in numerous lyric tenor roles.
Recent highlights were a tour with Thomanerchor Leipzig and Gewandhausorchestra to South Korea, Japan and England (Matthew Passion), a tour with La Petite Bande/Sigiswald Kuijken (Matthew Passion), an opera production at the Schwetzingen Festival, concerts and recitals at Musikverein Vienna, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munic Philharmony and in Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam, Hongkong, Montreal as well as a return to the Hamburg State Opera for a new production (by John Neumeier) of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Ballett Hamburg.