Christopher Foster

Samling Artist Programme: 1997

Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School, Christopher was a winner of the N.F.M.S. Young Concert Artists’ Award, a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition and one the inaugural Samling Artists.

His concert work has seen him perform throughout the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the RPO, BBC SO and Les Musiciens du Louvre and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Minkowski.  Highlights include the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Requiem at the 2014 Presteigne Festival, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, and Handel’s Messiah at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing.  Christopher has appeared in many festivals and in radio broadcasts and for BBC Radio 3, these have included two appearances in the BBC Proms in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, with Joshua Rifkin and with Trevor Pinnock; Schumann’s Manfred and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, both at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC SO and the world premiere of Britten’s The Rescue of Penelope for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, recent appearances have included festivals in Barnes and in Dorchester Abbey for the English Music Festival, featuring his programme A Soldier’s Tale, portraying the imaginary journey of a twenty year old man who is called to war, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII. At Presteigne Festival the highlights of his programme were his debut performance of Finzi’s To a Poet and a commission of three songs by Toby Young, setting three Dylan Thomas texts entitled, Lie Still.

Operatic roles have included: Sarastro, Mozart, The Magic Flute (London Festival Opera, in Budapest); Kawabata, Philip Glass, Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere for Volta Theatre); Traveller, Britten, Curlew River (Nova Music Opera); Moroz, Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden (University College Opera); Friar Laurence, Gounod, Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera) and most recently, Raimondo, Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor (Winslow Hall Opera) whilst previous roles have included Arthur, Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse; Don Alfonso, Mozart, Così fan tutte (Britten-Pears School); Figaro, Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro (First Act Opera) and also Il Conte (also Le Nozze di Figaro), covered for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

He studies with Gary Coward and Anna Sims but when not singing, he enjoys photography, fine wine, the cinema and cycling at the gym, though not necessarily in that order.