Christopher Mayell makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Dr. Caius in Verdi's Falstaff – a role he has previously performed with Calgary Opera.
Among his engagements for 2012-2013 were Carmina Burana with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Bach's Magnificat with the Kingston Chamber Choir, Messiah for Orchestra London, Dr. Caius in Falstaff for Calgary Opera and the Brazilian in La vie parisienne for Toronto Operetta Theatre.
Other recent appearances include Handel's Solomon with the Victoria Conservatory of Music's 2011 Summer Academy and the title role in Albert Herring with Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland and at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival in England.
Christopher has also performed Bach's Cantata No. 55 Ich armer Mensch with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Kingston Symphony, Mozart's Great mass in c minor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Mozart's Requiem with the Elora Festival Singers. He also joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as well as Orchestra London for performances of Handel's Messiah.
Mr. Mayell has collaborated in the creation of several new Canadian works, including Opera NUOVA's commissioned opera for younger audiences, The Lives of Lesser Things, which toured extensively in Alberta. He also continues to work closely with Toronto's Tapestry New Opera Works in their development of new works, including Richard Payne's Get Stuffed!, and Aaron Gervais' Oksana G.
As a member of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Ensemble (2007-2009), he performed the roles of Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Samuel in the Canadian première of Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe, and Brighella in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (heard on CBC Radio’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera). While in Calgary, he was also featured by the Spiritus Chamber Choir in a national CBC Radio broadcast performance of Respighi's Laudate per la Nativita del Signore. Other credits include an extensive tour of the Maritimes as Nemorino in L'Elisir d'amore for Jeunesses Musicales.
Christopher received a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University. He holds a Master of Music and an Artist’s Diploma from The University of Western Ontario, where he studied with voice teacher Torin Chiles and worked closely with coach John Hess.
Christopher Mayell, a young man in real life, was the perfection of the doddery old Dr. Caius, draining everything and more from the role.
Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald, review of Calgary Opera's Falstaff, February, 2013