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Chris Carducci (Baritone)

Born: April 18, 1978 - Monroe, Michigan, USA
Died: April 20, 2006 - Bloomington, Indiana, USA (private airplane crash)

The American baritone, Christy Bates.Carducci [Chris Carducci], was the son of Ralph J. and Rainelle (Morgan) Carducci. He was a life member of St. John Catholic Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and attended its school. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1996. He began his vocal studies with Virginia Starr and Andreas Poulimenos at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Choral emphasis in 2002. He was a member and president of the BGSU Men's Chorus. In 2005, he earned his Master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied Timothy Noble. He was a two-time winner of the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition.

Chris Carducci was an opera singer, performing in various USA cities for five years. His opera career included an appearance at Carnegie Hall, where he sang selections from Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch for the Marilyn Horne Foundation's "The Song Continues ... 2005." He performed with Toledo Opera a resident artist, Carmel Bach Festival, Michigan Opera Works, BGSU Opera Theate, Indiana University Opera Theater, and the Perrysburg Symphony. In 2005, he created the role of Pontius Pilate in Pilatus, a new opera by Robert Samels. In 2005, he was recognized by the Metropolitan Opera National Council's Indiana District with an Encouragement Award. He also was a two-time winner of the Conrad-Peatee Art Song Competition.

Chris Carducci was killed tragically at the age of 28 when the private plane that he was flying in crashed late at night April 20, 2006. Four other musicians (all of whom were friends of his) were also killed instantly in the accident that apparently occured due to bad weather conditions at approximately 11:43 EST. Surviving are his parents of Monroe and a brother, David R. of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. He was scheduled to perform the title role in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni in the 2006-2007 Indiana University Opera Theater Season. Though he didn't know it yet, Chris had also been accepted for an assistantship at Indiana University while continuing his post graduate voice studies in 2006-2007. Chris was also going to be offered a job by the Portland Opera Company in Oregon.

Source: Chris Carducci Website; Find a Grave Memorial Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Links to other Sites

Chris Carducci (Official Website)

Chris Bates Carducci (Find a Grave Memorial)

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