Christopher Steele

Samling Artist Programme: 2001

Christopher attended the RCM as an ABRSM International Scholar and the National Opera Studio sponsored by ENO and the Bowerman Trust. He has performed extensively in opera, oratorio and concert throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. He has performed as a principal artist for WNO, ENO and the Royal Opera House and has been noted in the press for possessing a fine, clear voice, excellent diction and strong stage presence.

Whilst at the RCM and the National Opera Studio he participated in master classes with noted artists as Dennis O’Neill, Philip Langridge, Robert Tear, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Ryland Davies, Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Walker and was a Samling Artist in 2001.

Operatic highlights include; Rodolfo La Bohème, Nadir Pearl Fishers, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro La Cenerentola, Hoffman Tales of Hoffman, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Almaviva Barbiere di Siviglia, Ottavio Don Giovanni, Tamino Die Zauberflöte,  Prologue/Quint Turn of the Screw, Male Chorus Rape of Lucrezia. Tenor Soloist in ‘The Opera Show’ and Opera Galas with the Vietnam National Opera and the Shanghai Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He performed the role of Cegeste in the UK premiere of Philip Glass’ Orfee for ROH2 and in the world premiere of Alberga’s Letters of a Love Betrayed for Music Theatre Wales/ROH2.

Oratorio highlights include; The Messiah in Festival Hall and Bridgewater Hall and with Brian Kay in Halle; The Creation in the RAH with Sir David Willcocks; Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions; Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor and Coronation Mass; Verdi’s Requiem Mass ; Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Intimations of Immortality, Britten’s St Nicolas.

Christopher’s own translation of the St John Passion was given a successful premiere in Australia in 2012. He has also written translations for Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin and Lortzing’s comic operetta The Poacher.

Christopher currently studies with Manuel Luhan, following studies with Ken Neilsen. He also teaches voice both privately and at Sedbergh School in Cumbria.