Wichita native Chris Mann – who rose to fame as Christina Aguilera’s finalist on NBC’s The Voice and just completed a 700+ performance national tour as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s personal choice to don the iconic mask of the title role in The Phantom of the Opera – comes home for an exclusive Christmas gala with the WGO chorus, orchestra, and children’s chorus.
Chris Mann will be joined on stage by WGO favorite, comedienne Kaitlyn Costello, internationally renowned maestro Steven Mercurio, and the WGO Orchestra; Chorus, including the Rose Hill High School Choir, led by Brian Stranghoner; and the Children’s Chorus, featuring the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, under the direction of Karen Sims, and The Studio, under the direction of Amy Menas.
This gala will follow in the footsteps of WGO’s second inaugural event, the Placido Domingo Christmas Gala, featuring beloved Christmas classics, some pop sensations, and even a little splash of the iconic role that made him a household name. Chris Mann: Home for Christmas will be conducted by internationally-renowned Maestro Steven Mercurio, returning to the WGO after conducting three of WGO’s most memorable performances: Bizet’s Carmen (2010), the 10th Anniversary Gala Concert (2011), and Il Trovatore (2012). Maestro Mercurio has conducted for such artists as The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Sting and the Royal Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, and many of the Christmas specials of David Foster.
Maestro Mercurio’s career has taken him to some of the world’s greatest opera houses, including Teatro dell’Opera, Roma; Teatro Filarmonico, Verona; Teatro Regio, Torino; Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels; San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among others.