Since having started his career in Italy, Christopher Franklin has conducted at several of the major Italian Opera houses and festivals: at the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Carlo Felice di Genova, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Teatro Piccolo di Milano, La Scala, the Teatro Comunale di Treviso, the Teatro Verdi di Salerno, the Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro , and the Spontini Festival in Jesi.
Equally at home on the concert stage: he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, a German tour with the Münchner Symphoniker, the SWR Orchester in Germany, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra of La Monnaie in Brussels, the Orquestra de la Comunitat di Valencia, the Orquestra de la Navarra, the Sinfonieorchester of St. Gallen, the Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra Filarmonica of the Arena in Verona, the Orchestra ‘900 of the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Filarmonica Toscanini of Parma, the Orchestra da Camera di Padova, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan and has collaborated with several world class soloists including: Salvatore Accardo, Boris Belkin, Misha Maisky, Natalia Gutman, Bruno Giuranna, Marco Rizzi, Pietro de Maria, Enrico Pace etc…
The 2013-14 season sees him conducting a new production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Macerata Festival, Cosi fan tutte at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, a concert tour with Juan Diego Florez at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Rigoletto at Boston Lyric Opera, concerts in Prague, Bratislava and Vienna with soprano Pretty Yende, The Merry Widow at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza and symphonic programs with the Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. Christopher Franklin has established over the years a collaboration with tenor Juan Diego Florez, and has appeared with him at the following venues: the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Herculessaal in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Philharmonie in Köln, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Cadogan Hall in London, the Palau des Arts in Valencia, the Carnival Centre in Miami, the International House of Music in Moscow, the Dvořák Hall in Prague and is scheduled for upcoming tours in Germany, Austria, Spain, France, United States and South America.
Recent seasons saw his return to the Minnesota Opera for the world premiere of Doubt by composer Douglas J. Cuomo, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play and also for the company premiere of Thomas’ Hamlet in a production by Thaddeus Strassberger, Così fan tutte at the Teatro Regio di Torino, concerts with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Verdi di Trieste,Death in Venice at the Opera de Belles Artes in Mexico City, symphonic concerts with the Filarmonica ‘900 of the Teatro Regio, La Cenerentola at the Minnesota Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Florez, Raimondi and Antoniozzi in Lima, Perù, the opening concerts of the Como Festival, a return to the Minnesota Opera for the opening of the 2011-2012 season with Così fan tutte, a new production of Attila in Lima with Adbrazakov and Theodossiu, Le Compte d’Ory at the Greek National Opera of Athens, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Wildbad where he conducted new productions of L’Amour coniugale by Johann Simon Mayr (released by Naxos label), La Cambiale di Matrimonio and La Gazzetta (both recently released by Naxos), Chabrier’s Une Education Manquée and La Cambiale di Matrimonio al Wexford Festival, a new production of Sweeney Todd at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, symphonic concerts with the Filarmonica Toscanini of Parma and with the Swiss Radio Orchestra in Lugano.
An active advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Franklin has conducted the works of several contemporary composers: in Italy the Diptyc by Marco Tutino (La Lupa and Dylan Dog) and the Concerto per Clarinetto, the Italian Premiere Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O’, symphonic works by Australian composer Ross Edwards (Sinfonia n. 3) and Ngangkar by Georges Lentz. In the last two years he conducted the Orchestra della Toscana at the International Composition Competition “Alfredo Casella”.
Winner of the International Conducting Competition Gino Marinuzzi, he worked as assistant to Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, at the Teatro alla Scala, at Covent Garden, at La Fenice in Venice, with the Münchener Philharmoniker among many others. As winner of the conducting competition Toti dal Monte “La Bottega” in Treviso, Franklin was named Resident Conductor, and assistant to Peter Maag. He also attended the conducting class of M° Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena where he was awarded of the prestigious “Franco Ferrara” Prize.
Christopher Franklin started studying violin at the age of 6 in his hometown Pittsburgh(USA). After completing a BA in Violin and German Literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his MM in conducting at the University of Illinois and his DMA at the Peabody Conservatory with Frederik Prausnitz. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he worked with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano and Gustav Meier and subsequently a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken. He began his conducting studies with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, USA. Christopher lives in Lucca, Italy.