Christopher Nairne

Samling Artist Programme 2016

Christopher Nairne graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera School in June 2016 under the guidance of Scott Johnson having previously learned with Professor Stephen Robertson. Christopher’s studies have been generously supported by Serena Fenwick, The ABRSM, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Cross Trust, The Robertson Trust, The Caird Scholarship and the Kathleen Trust.

Christopher’s operatic roles at the RCS include Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and this May he sings the title role in Owen Wingrave. Roles in opera scenes include Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale, Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande, title roles Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin.

Other work includes Schaunard La bohème and Betto Gianni Schicchi with Opera Bohemia and Marcello La bohème and Silvio Pagliacci with Fife Opera. Chorus work includes Othello, La bohème and Götterdämmerung for Opera North and Jenůfa, Der Fliegende Holländer and H.M.S. Pinafore with Scottish Opera.

Christopher was the winner of the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize and runner up in the Jene Highgate competition. He has participated in masterclasses with Olaf Bär, Ann Murray DBE, Malcolm Martineau OBE, Sir Thomas Allen, Valentina di Taranto, Caroline Dowdle and Kathryn Harries.

Christopher performs regularly as a concert soloist and recitalist. Highlights include Butterworths setting of ‘A Shropshire Lad’ at the Glasgow City Halls for a BBC Radio broadcast, Beethoven’s Ninth with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra and Vaughan Williams’ Fantastia on Christmas Carols conducted by Bob Chilcott. He also performed as the soloist for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.