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  Tenors: Christopher Gillett

Recent and forthcoming engagements include Triquet Eugene Onegin (Scottish Opera)‚ Rev. Horace Adams Peter Grimes (La Scala Milan and the Aldeburgh Festival)‚ Curzio Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera House)‚ Valzacchi Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival)‚ Red Whiskers Billy Budd (Teatro Real‚ Madrid‚ La Monnaie and ROH)‚ Henri Clerval Frankenstein and Beadle Banford Sweeney Todd (La Monnaie)‚ Emperor Turandot (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Festival d’Aix en Provence and Beijing Music Festival)‚ Mr Lovelace A Harlot’s Progress (World Premiere‚ Theater an der Wien)‚ Evangelist The Christmas Story (The English Concert)‚ Cura Il Postino (World Premier) Arnalta L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Basilio Le nozze di Figaro (Los Angeles Opera)‚ Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Scala)‚ Sellem The Rake’s Progress (Birmingham Symphony)‚ Nutrice Poppea (Amsterdam) and Pisandro Il Ritorno d’Ulisse (Amsterdam‚ Antwerp‚ Lisbon‚ Sydney and New York). He was also invited to Direct a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the University of Illinois.

Christopher made his Covent Garden debut in 1984 and has sung many roles for the Royal Opera‚ English National Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He has performed extensively abroad‚ particularly for the Netherlands Opera where most recently he performed Les Troyens and Red Whiskers Billy Budd. Christopher’s many operatic world premieres include Rosa‚ a horse operaBroken Strings/Snatched by the GodsGassir the heroAlice (Netherlands Opera)‚ A King Riding (La Monnaie) and TEA in Suntory Hall‚ Tokyo. He has performed in national premieres of Die Soldaten (ENO)‚ Die Wände (Frankfurt Opera)‚ Nyman’s NoisesSounds and Sweet Airs (Tokyo) and What Next? (London Sinfonietta). Other 20th century roles include Dov The Knot Garden (ROH)‚ Aschenbach Death in Venice (Genova)‚ and Toni Elegy for Young Lovers (Amsterdam). Baroque performances include Scarlatti’s Il Telemaco (Opera de Nice)‚ Provenzale’s La Stellidaura Vendicante (La Monnaie) and Cavalli’s La Didone (Lausanne and Montpellier).

Christopher is a noted interpreter of Bach and has sung the Evangelist in the Bach Choir’s annual performances of St Matthew Passion (RFH and the Birmingham Symphony Hall) many times‚ and also for the London Mozart Players‚ King’s College Choir in Cambridge and at Cadogan Hall. Concert performances include Henze’s Voices with Oliver Knussen (QEH‚ BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw)‚ Britten’s Nocturne with Knussen (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Janowksi (Berlin Rundfunk)‚ Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! (BBC Proms and Cleveland Orchestra)‚ Peter Grimes (London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in New York)‚ Maderna’s Venetian Journal (ASKO ensemble‚ Concertgebouw)‚ On Wenlock Edge (BBC and Les Journées Ravel‚ France)‚ Andriesson’s De Materie (New York‚ Concertgebouw) and Britten’s War Requiem (Buenos Aires‚ Amsterdam‚ Stuttgart‚ Taipei‚ Brno‚ Bratislava and Berlin). Further engagements include Elgar Light of Life (Tokyo Symphony)‚ Frank Martin’s Golgotha (King’s College)‚ Holst Savitri (Rundfunk Chor‚ Berlin)‚ Berlioz’ Te Deum (Philharmonia Orchestra)‚ Finzi’s Dies Natalis‚ Britten’s St Nicholas and Elijah (Northern Sinfonia)‚ Britten’s Serenade for tenor‚ horn and strings (Kymi Sinfonietta‚ Finland)‚ Britten’s Les Illuminations (RPO in Germany‚ and the Ensemble Symphonique de Neuchâtel)‚ and concerts with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

On CD/DVD‚ Christopher recorded the title roles in Albert Herring and The Martyrdom of St Magnus to great acclaim‚ as well as roles in Billy BuddThe Beggar’s OperaPeter GrimesA Midsummer Night’s DreamKing PriamIl Ritorno d’Ulissse in Patria‚ and operas by Oliver Knussen and Tan Dun. He has also filmed Britten’s The Journey of the Magi with Pierre Audi‚ and has written the highly-acclaimed book Who’s My Bottom?

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