“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 […]." (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 make him a first class cast at important international opera houses such as the Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Metropolitan Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Canadian Opera, the Budapest Wagner-Festival, the Ruhrtriennale 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 in Bergen and as Tristan under the baton of Mikko Franck in Paris. He also got enthusiastic critics for his performances in the RING in Budapest. He has worked with many important conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Adam Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Simone Young, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Peter Schneider.
In March 2013, he sang a very successful Siegfried in Karlsruhe and in autumn 2013, Christian Franz perform Otello in Hamburg.