The Erfurt-born tenor Christoph Genz received his fi rst 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 für 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 and 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, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival and the Sviatoslav-Richter-Festival Moscow.
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 Così fan tutte), Theatre des Champs-Elysee, Paris (Tamino in Die Zauberfl öte), Opera de Lausanne, Teatro alla Scala (under Giuseppe Sinopoli), Semperoper Dresden (Ferrando, Belmonte), La Coruña (Tamino), and the opera houses in Leipzig, Cologne and Wiesbaden.
Between 2001/2 and 2004/5 he was an ensemble member of the Hamburg State Opera where he appeared in numerous lyric tenor roles. Highlights in 2011 were a tour with Bach's St. John's Passion under Sigiswald Kuijken, Bach cantatas together with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki, St. John's Passion in Montreal under Kent Nagano, Mozart's Zaide in Los Angeles, a staged production of Händel's Acis and Galatea, staged performances of Schubert songs in Stuttgart, recitals in Barcelona and Paris, as well as the return to the Hamburg State Opera with Bach's Christmas Oratorio in a production for ballet by John Neumeier.
Plans for 2012 included a tour with the Thomanerchor Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra to South Korea, Japan and England (St. Matthew Passion), a tour with La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken (St. Matthew Passion), an opera production at the Schwetzingen Festival, as well as concerts and recitals at the Musikverein Vienna, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and in Cologne, Paris and Amsterdam.