“This conclusion to Act II was as moving as I can ever remember mainly because of Christian Franz’s tireless, clarion-like (yet surprisingly sensitive at times) Tristan and the generally fine dramatic ensemble (whether singing or just reacting) all underpinned by that expressive conducting of Mehta (…) Tristan’s rants are treated as just the ravings of a mind in disarray and Christian Franz, splendid enough already, comes into his own ably (…). (Tristan und Isolde / Bavarian State Opera; Seen and Heard)
Very few tenors have made such a big career in only a few years, as the 43-year-old Christian Franz. His great acting abilities and a never tiring-voice makes him a first class cast at important international opera houses such as the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Metropolitan Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Canadian Opera, the Budapest Wagner-Festival, the Ruhr-Triennale Essen as well as the Bayreuth Festival.
Among his most important parts are Loge, Siegmund as well as both Siegfrieds in the RING-Cycle, Tristan, Parsifal, Florestan, Bacchus, Laca, Canio and Otello. Highly acclaimed were his engagements as Siegfried with Kent Nagano (Bergen) and Tristan in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Mikko Franck (Paris). He also got enthusiastic critics for his performances in the RING in Budapest. He sang very sucessfully Siegfried in Siegfried in Karlsruhe in March 2013. Further engagements include Loge and Siegmund and both Siegfried in the RING, Otello in Hamburg as well as Parsifal in Budapest.
Christian Franz has worked with all important conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Adam Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Simone Young, Giuseppe Sinopoli or Peter Schneider.