Christoph Späth

Soloist - Tenor
... without my studies in America, I would never have been able to learn this profession. That’s where I learnt the tools to become a professional opera singer!

In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2002, since 1997 as a guest.
Named a Berlin Kammersänger in 2013.


Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Oberlin Conservatory Ohio (USA), Yale University (USA)

Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Franz (Faust von Louis Spohr) u. a.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Andreas Spering, Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski

Calixto Bieito, Barrie Kosky, Andreas Homoki, Sebastian Baumgarten, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Hans Neuenfels, Stefan Huber

Landestheater Altenburg

Vašek (Die verkaufte Braut), Jaquino (Fidelio), Robin Hood, Pedrillo, Prinz (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Jim Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Boni (Die Csárdásfürstin), Herodes (Salome), Der Taxichauffeur (Heute Nacht oder nie), Augustin Moser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Smee (Peter Pan), Aristide de Faublas (Ball im Savoy), Erster Ganove (Kiss me, Kate), Dr. Siedler (Im Weißen Rössl), 1. Fremder (Der Vetter aus Dingsda), Schulmeister (Das schlaue Füchslein), Jakob Glock (Der feurige Engel), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Baron Szalmary, Vereinspräsident (Roxy und ihr Wunderteam),Alcindoro (La Bohème), Die Vogelscheuche (Der Zauberer von Oz), Le Doyen da la Faculté (Cendrillon - Aschenputtel), Marquis Aristide de Faublas (Ball im Savoy), Graf Alvarez (Blaubart), Erster geharnischter Mann (Die Zauberflöte), Oberst Pickering (My Fair Lady), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier)

Volkstheater Rostock: Josef (Josef), Chateauneuf (Zar und Zimmermann); Opéra Lyon: Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Kaufmann (Jakob Lenz); Teatro Verdi Trieste: Mozart (Mozart und Salieri), Braunschweig, Amsterdam, Palermo, Salzburger Festspiele, Münchner Biennale für Neues Musiktheater, Bayerische Staatsoper
He’s one of the few Berliners in the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin! Christoph Späth was born in Schmargendorf, as one of – believe it or not – seven children. Essentially, all of his siblings have followed in their father’s footsteps: four became doctors, like their father, one a nurse, and the sixth works for a pharmaceutical company. Only number seven, Christoph, took a different path, even though he too was very interested in medicine – and still is: »I scoff down operation documentaries like potato chips«, he admits freely. »But I had to watch time and again as my siblings had to cram to get through their final medical exams. That scared me off!« With a mischievous grin he adds: »of course, back then I had no idea how much work goes into being a singer!«

He studied in Berlin and the USA, first in Ohio, then at Yale University in Connecticut. »Lots of teachers in Germany are always complaining about how regimented education is in the USA. Which is true. But show me a music student who voluntarily sits down to study Berkowitz’s theory of intervals or Paul Hindemith’s school of rhythmic theory, or gets really stuck into harmonic theory or musical history. I have to say, without my studies in America, I would never have been able to learn this profession. That’s where I learnt the tools to become a professional opera singer!«

In his free time, he loves sawing and hammering and tinkering: »I like repairing all kinds of things in my little workshop in the basement at home: chairs, furniture, bikes ...« And when time allows, he heads to the mountains with his wife, preferably wandering from hut to hut. »When we climb up somewhere, we’re happy, we feel at home straight away.«

And what have been some of the most important summits of his career as an opera singer? – »No question«, he fires back, quick as a flash: »The Abduction from the Seraglio with Calixto Bieito … That was the most intense production work that I have participated in. In many respects, a stroke of luck. The team of singers and Calixto – everything just fit together so well that at some point we felt as if we were flying.«

Nächste Termine

Fri3Dec19:30The Magic Flute
Mon6Dec19:30The Nose
Fri10Dec11:00The Magic Melodica
Sat11Dec19:30The Nose
Mon13Dec11:00The Magic Melodica
Thu16Dec11:00The Magic Melodica
Tue21Dec11:00The Magic Melodica
Tue21Dec17:00The Magic Melodica
Sun26Dec11:00The Magic Melodica
Mon27Dec16:00The Magic Melodica
Sun2Jan16:00The Magic Flute
Fri14Jan19:30The Magic Flute
Mon24Jan11:00The Magic Melodica
Thu27Jan19:30Jewgeni Onegin
Sun30Jan18:00Jewgeni Onegin
Fri11Feb19:00Ball at the Savoy
Sun13Feb16:00The Magic Melodica
Sat19Feb19:30Jewgeni Onegin
Sun20Feb18:00Ball at the Savoy
Sat26Feb19:30Ball at the Savoy
Sun27Feb18:00Jewgeni Onegin
Fri4Mar19:30Ball at the Savoy
Mon7Mar19:30Ball at the Savoy