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Christopher Lowrey

Christopher Lowrey

Christopher Lowrey is now emerging at the front rank of young countertenors on both the opera stage and concert platform. He sings with a wide range of distinguished companies around the world, including Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, Early Opera Company, La Nuova Musica, London Handel Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Ambronay Festival, La Fenice, Cappella Mediterranea, Göttingen Handel Festival, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, Adelaide Festival, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Voices of Music. He has worked with a variety of conductors including William Christie, Vladimir Jurowski, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Erin Helyard, David Bates, Roberto Abbado, Leonardo García-Alarcón, and Martin Pearlman.

Upcoming engagements include Christopher's English National Opera debut in both Handel Rodelinda (Unulfo) and Nico Muhly Marnie (Terry, cover), Handel Messiah with Clare College Choir at Union Chapel London, Bach Cantatas at the Philharmonie de Paris with Ensemble Pygmalion, Handel Orlando (Medoro) with La Nuova Musica at St John's Smith Square London, Brett Dean's Hamlet (Guildenstern) for the Adelaide Festival, Bach B Minor Mass at Winchester College, Handel Il trionfo del tiempo e del disinganno (Disinganno) for the London Handel Festival, Handel Arminio (title role) for the Göttingen Handel Festival, Handel Rinaldo (Argante) with Les Talens Lyriques at Theater Basel, and a concert tour of Pergolesi Stabat Mater with soprano Sandrine Piau and Les Talens Lyriques.

His recent roles include Brett Dean's Hamlet (Guildenstern) for Glyndebourne Festival, Handel Saul (David) for the Adelaide Festival, Handel Theodora (Didymus) with Pinchgut Opera, Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon) at both the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the title roles in Handel The Choice of Hercules and Solomon with The English Concert at the Britten Theatre in London, Handel Saul (David, cover) for the Glyndebourne Festival, Vivaldi Bajazet (Tamerlano) with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Handel Faramondo (Gernando) at the Brisbane Baroque Festival and the Göttingen Handel Festival, Monteverdi Orfeo (Pastore/Speranza) at the Royal Opera House, Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (L’humana fragilità) with Boston Baroque, and the modern premiere of Cavalli Elena (Discordia/Euripilo/Polluce) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Recent concert appearances include Handel Israel in Egypt at the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by William Christie, Handel Tamerlano (title role) with Les Talens Lyriques for Ambronay Festival, Bach B Minor Mass with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Bach St Matthew Passion for the London Handel Festival, Handel Messiah with both the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Falvetti Il Diluvio Universale (La giustizia divina) and Nabucco (Arioco) with Cappella Mediterranea, Handel Susanna (Joacim) for the Göttingen Handel Festival, solo recitals with Voices of Music in San Francisco and Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble in Boston, Handel Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, Handel Saul (David) for the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Bach St John Passion with Boston Baroque, Bach B Minor Mass with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and St John Passion with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Handel Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno with La Nuova Musica.

His recordings include Les Péchés Capitaux, a disc of Monteverdi opera and madrigals on Ricercar records, a live performance of Vivaldi Bajazet (Tamerlano) on ABC Classics, Handel Faramondo (Gernando) on the Accent label, Monteverdi Il ritorna d'Ulisse in Patria (L’humana fragilità) on Linn Records, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus on the Harmonia Mundi label, the Bernstein Missa Brevis on Hyperion, and an album of Handel Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series.

Originally from the United States, Christopher holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, the University of Cambridge, where he sang with the choir of Trinity College, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He is a winner of the Helpmann Awards, the Sullivan Foundation Award, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition, and the Keasbey Award. He has studied with Russell Smythe, Derek Lee Ragin, Ashley Stafford, and Pierre Massé.

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