Christopher Saunders

Samling Artist Programme: 1999

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Christopher Saunders is one of the finest tenors of his generation. In London he studied with Vera Rozsa, David Pollard and was a Samling Artist where he studied with Sir Thomas Allen.

Excelling in opera, oratorio, lieder and operetta, Christopher Saunders’ repertoire is far ranging. His roles have included:Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni by Mozart for Opera North and Holland Park Opera; Ferrando in Così fan tutte by Mozart for Opera North, Glyndebourne and Victorian Opera; Jupiter in Semele by Handel and Hylas in The Trojans by Berlioz for the English National Opera.

Christopher made his debut in the UK at Barbican Hall in London in 1996 singing Serenade for tenor, horn and strings by Britten. In 1998 he made his debut at Wigmore Hall singing Acis in Acis and Galatea by Handel. Other roles in the UK included: Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten for Opera North and Glyndebourne; Tobias in Sweeney Todd by Sondheim in a touring production for Opera North, including performances at Leeds, London (Sadler’s Wells) and a BBC broadcast from Queen Elizabeth Hall; Don Polidoro in La Finta Semplice by Mozart for the Classical Opera Company; Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan for the D’oyly Carte Opera Company at the Queens Theatre in the West End and Lady Windermere’s Fan for the Covent Garden Festival with Penelope Keith.

Christopher was the chosen tenor to sing Handel’s Messiah for the Prince of Wales at Gloucester Cathedral and sang Petite Messe Solennelle with the Northern Sinfonia as well as performing numerous recitals and other works throughout the UK and abroad. He also broadcast many times for the BBC in opera and recital.

In 2004, Christopher returned to Australia when his career was interrupted due to illness. He used this time to rehabilitate his voice and health.

In 2006 he returned as Ferrando in Così fan Tutte for Victorian Opera and has recorded recitals including ‘Dark Wind Blowing- Songs of Love and Loss’ with songs by Gurney, Quilter, Butterworth and Kats-Chernin (with pianist Stefan Cassomenos) and Liederabend with songs by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. He also recorded the role of Gualtiero in Griselda by Vivaldi in a live recording for Pinchgut Opera.

Christopher has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Victorian Opera, Pinchgut Opera and the Canberra Choral Society as well as in recitals at the Port Fairy Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Sydney Recital Hall.

Upcoming performances will include further recitals throughout Australia and with Pinchgut Opera. Further recordings are scheduled for 2014/15.