A native of Hankins, New York, American baritone Christian Bowers is in his second season of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In the 2013-14 season at WNO he was seen as an Army Surgeon in The Force of Destiny; in Uncle Alex, part of the American Opera Initiative; and as Stubb in Moby-Dick. In the summer of 2014 he makes his Glimmerglass Festival debut as Clyde Griffiths in An American Tragedy. In 2012 and 2013 he was a young artist with Santa Fe Opera, where he performed the role of Sciarrone in Tosca and covered the title role of Abdul in Menotti's The Last Savage. Recent performances also include Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Colorado. He completed his final year as a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in 2013, and has been recognized at several prestigious competitions, including the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition (first prize, 2014), the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Vocal Competition (finalist, 2013), the George London Foundation (finalist, 2013), the Mario Lanza vocal competition (second prize, 2011), and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District winner, 2011 and 2012).