Born in Freiburg in southern Germany, Christian Elsner studied singing with Martin Gruendler, later on with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Neil Semer and had prize-winning successes at various international competitions.
As concert singer, Christian Elsner is a regular guest performer at international festivals and in all the major concert halls around the world, from Berlin, Vienna, Milan and London to New York and Tokyo. He has worked with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, Lorin Maazel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin or Sir Simon Rattle.
With guest appearances as Siegmund at the Semperoper Dresden and as Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Teatro Real Madrid the german tenor proved once again his wide range of repertoire.
Accompanied by Gerold Huber and Burkhard Kehring, Christian Elsner has performed lieder recitals in Bonn, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Wuerzburg, Brussels and at the Schubertiade Feldkirch.
CD Recordings include Schubert ́s Winterreise, Schumann ́s Dichterliebe, Gounod’s Caecilienmesse, Mahleŕs Lied von der Erde, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Beethoveńs Missa Solemnis and 9. Symphony plus Wagner operas such as Rheingold (Loge) and Parsifal (Parsifal).
Apart from being a professional singer, Christian Elsner is also an enthusiastic writer of children’s books (Lennie und der Ring des Nibelungen) and since 2006 professor for classical singing at the University of Music in Wuerzburg.
Upcoming engagements include Mahlers Lied von der Erde with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink, Mozarts Requiem with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Cristian Macelaru, Humperdincks Haensel und Gretel with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski, the 1.Akt of Wagners Walküre in a concertant version with the RAI-Orchester Turin under James Conlon, Beethovens Missa Solemnis with the hr-Sinfonierochester under Andrés Orozco- Estrada, Schubert Lieder orchestrated by Max Reger and Anton Webern with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid under Lothar Zagrosek, Beethovens 9. Sinfonie with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lissabon under Alain Altinoglu and Mendelssohns Lobgesang with the Tonhallen-Orchester Zuerich under Lionel Bringuier.