Singing

Christopher has been singing professionally for about 35 years, after graduating from King’s College, Cambridge where he sang in the choir and read Economics and Music. He wasn’t very good at Economics.

Highlights have included singing Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello at Covent Garden under Carlos Kleiber, War Requiem in the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires under Steuart Bedford, Britten’s Nocturne with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Oliver Knussen, the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion for many years with The Bach Choir, Henze’s Voices with Knussen and the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Los Angeles Opera.

Figaro trio

Christopher with Bo Skovhus and Marlis Petersen in Le Nozze di Figaro at LA Opera (2010)

 

Christopher is represented by Athole Still. You can find full career details by clicking the link, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

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A new CD on NAXOS of songs by Bainton and Benjamin is now available:

Arthur Benjamin; Edgar Bainton: Songs – The Piper, The Twilight People, Wind’s Work, A Cradle Song [Susan Bickley; Christopher Gillett; Wendy Hiscocks] [Naxos: 8571377]

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In autumn 2013 Christopher performed another world premiere – The Harlot’s Progress by Iain Bell (with a libretto by Peter Ackroyd) – in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, with Diana Damrau and Nathan Gunn.

Christopher and Diana Damrau in The Harlot’s Progress.

In 2014 Christopher returned to Glyndebourne for the first time in many years, to sing Valzacchi in Richard Jones’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier, Robin Ticciati conducting.

In 2015 he returned to Aix-en-Provence for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and to Belfast for Turandot. In 2016 he sang Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd at La Monnaie, Brussels, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Beijing, and the world premiere of a song cycle by Alexander Goehr with the Ensemble Modern at the Wigmore Hall and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper. In 2017 he was back at Teatro Real, Madrid to sing Red Whiskers in a new production of Billy Budd by Deborah Warner, conductor Ivor Bolton. He briefly reprised the role when he jumped in at Rome Opera for their first night of the production in May 2018, between performances of Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera.
In September 2018 he appeared for Dutch National Opera in their farewell to Pierre Audi, with whom Christopher has worked on ten productions since 1990. Christopher conceived, wrote and performed a sketch called The Rehearsal.

Monsieur Triquet, Scottish Opera, 2018

Plans for the 18/19 season include Frankenstein (by Mark Grey, world premiere) at La Monnaie, Billy Budd at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff at The Grange Festival.

 

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In a new departure, in February 2016 Christopher directed a new production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Lyric Theatre at the University of Illinois to great acclaim. Pictures can be seen here.

Darrell Hoemann/UI Lyric Theatre The Rustics including Rustic Bottom played by Ricardo Sepulveda during a rehearsal of "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Darrell Hoemann/UI Lyric Theatre

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Knussen – Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop

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Britten: Peter Grimes (Grimes on the Beach – Aldeburgh Festival)

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Britten – Peter Grimes (LSO, Davis)

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Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Arthaus: 102179] [DVD] [2013] [Region Free] [NTSC]

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Britten: Peter Grimes [Blu-ray] [2013]

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James Whitbourn: Luminosity (Luminosity And Other Choral Works)

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