Christopher Roberts, former president of Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz division, has 30 years of experience in the music industry. During his time with Universal Music and other industry organizations, Chris Roberts has helped shape the careers of artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, a mezzo-soprano opera singer.
Any classically trained female singer with a vocal range registering between the soprano and contralto voice types is considered a mezzo-soprano vocalist, or simply a mezzo. Such a range extends from the A note found below the middle C to the same A note two octaves higher.
The general mezzo vocal range is an approximation, however, as individual mezzo-soprano vocalists may be capable of notes as low as the F below middle C and as high as the high C. To distinguish between different vocal types, a mezzo may be further categorized as a coloratura mezzo, a lyric mezzo, or dramatic mezzo soprano.
Navigating an illustrious career through a tumultuous period in the music industry, Christopher Roberts provided visionary leadership for the world’s largest recording company.