Conductor Andrew Grams, far right, gave low fives — hand slaps down low rather than the go-to up high — to the trio of soloists at Friday's performance of "Carmina Burana." From left, baritone Richard Zeller, tenor Christopher Pfund and soprano Maeve Höglund, with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and TSO Chorus.
Review: Grams performs 'Carmina Burana' that will be hard to follow

"And tenor Christopher Pfund, who sang only three verses in the performance, was the standout with his charismatic portrayal of a swan on a spit. His entrance on stage, glancing about the orchestra with the look of someone who had wandered in off the street with no clue why they were there, was priceless and fit his character of being an innocent and unwilling guest for dinner."

Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star
The Sacred and the Profane: Carmina Burana a Masterworks Triumph for TBSO

"Pfund is gifted with the ability to powerfully reach notes higher than the rafters, yet just as intense in softer moments.”

Melanie Larson, Walleye (CA)
Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom: Carmina Burana with Andrew Grams

"Not only did Tenor Christopher Pfund sing Olim lacus colueram, his only aria, with great skill, his stage-commanding gestures helped him vividly to impersonate 'the swan who is now black and roasted to a turn.'"

Robert Rollin, Cleveland Classical
'Carmina Burana' is a visceral blast
“And the tenor Christopher Pfund made the most of his brief appearance as a swan — or former swan — lamenting its life while roasting on a spit. It's one of the tenor's specialties; he’s sung the role more than 150 times on three continents.”
Michael Morain, Des Moines Register
MSO, choruses, soloists deliver a stunning 'Carmina Burana'
“Tenor Christopher Pfund makes a brief but memorable appearance as a roasting swan:.... Pfund’s strong voice and body language elicited mild laughter from the audience, which clearly enjoyed Orff’s spectacle.”
Thomas B. Harrison, Press-Register
Orchestra revels in medieval fun
“And in the murderously high tenor number portraying the swan being roasted and served, Christopher Pfund let the poor bird’s agonies burn into his voice. In the sound, you could see it all.”
Steven Brown, Charlotte Observer
Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus at Severance Hall
"Tenor Christopher Pfund seemed almost to enjoy (perversely, I’m sure!) his role as a swan being roasted on the tavern’s spit. It’s really a terrific vocal description of such an action, and he was thoroughly convincing! As he left the stage at the end of his scene, he waved disgustedly at the audience (and musicians) and who could blame him? It drew an appreciative chuckle from the full house."
Kelly Ferjutz, Cool Cleveland
The Troubles of a Family, Intimately and Operatically
"As Tom Wingfield, Christopher Pfund moves easily between narration and action, and his attractive tenor helps define a sympathetic character, torn between his allegiance to his mother and sister and his desire to break free of them."
Allan Kozinn, New York Times
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