Christopher Anderson West is a conservatory trained operatic tenor and voice teacher currently living in Dana Point, California.
Christopher studied both voice and composition for five years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has had the honor of performing in England, France, Italy, China, and around the United States. His favorite roles performed to date have been Canio in “I Pagliacci”, The Duke in “Rigoletto”, Ferrando in “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Rodolfo in “La Boheme”. Most recently Christopher had the opening-night tenor lead for an American premiere of “The Snow Maiden”, by Rimsky-Korsakov, put on by Lowell House Opera at Harvard University, in Boston.
As a voice teacher, Christopher’s method is primarily based on the operatic bel canto technique; meaning “beautiful singing”. This technique is currently employed in not only opera, but virtually every form of singing from Pop, to R&B, to Broadway and more … the principles can be carried over as a basis for just about any style of singing.
The primary focus of bel canto singing is to have the voice supported “on the breath” and tension free. Projection/Volume is then produced by placing the voice correctly “in the mask“, which acts as a natural amplifier. This is especially important with children, whose vocal chords are more fragile as they grow and change. Techniques that employ pushing or tension/stress to produce volume can be harmful to an adult’s voice, much less a child’s voice.
Christopher’s goal is to impart a healthy vocal technique that will allow singers of all ages to progress confidently into whatever field of music you or they enjoy.