Christopher Lowrey is now emerging at the front rank of young countertenors on both the opera stage and concert platform.
Christopher sings with a wide range of distinguished companies around the world, including Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonie de Paris, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, English Concert, Early Opera Company, Ensemble Pygmalion, La Nuova Musica, London Handel Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Kammerochester Basel, Opera Royal de Versailles, Ambronay Festival, La Fenice, Cappella Mediterranea, Gottingen Handel Festival, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Voices of Music. He has worked with a variety of conductors including William Christie, Vladimir Jurowski, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Raphael Pichon, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Erin Helyard, David Bates, Roberto Abbado, Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, and Martin Pearlman.
Upcoming engagements include a concert tour of Pergolesi Stabat Mater with superstar French soprano Sandrine Piau and Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset, which will also be released as a recording later this year, a concert of Bach and Vivaldi in Hong Kong with British group Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen, Handel Theodora (Didymus) with Potsdamer Winteroper, a world premiere of a new 17th-century work by Legrenzi, La Divisione del Mondo (Marte) for l’Opera national du Rhin in Strasbourg and Nancy, a North American and European tour of Handel Semele (Athamus) with The English Concert directed by Harry Bicket, culminating in Christopher’s Carnegie Hall debut, and Steffani Orlando Generoso (Ruggiero) for the Boston Early Music Festival, conducted by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette.
Recent operatic roles include Handel Arminio (title role) for the Gottingen Handel Festival, which will soon be released on commercial recording, Handel Rinaldo (Argante) with Kammerorchester Basel at Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Halle Handel Festival, and St Martinskirche in Basel, Handel Orlando (Medoro) with La Nuova Musica at St John’s Smith Square London, Christopher’s English National Opera debut in both Handel Rodelinda (Unulfo) and Muhly Marnie (Terry, cover), Handel Tamerlano (title role) with Les Talens Lyriques for Ambronay Festival, and Dean Hamlet (Guildenstern) for the Adelaide Festival.
Recent concert appearances include Bach Cantatas at the Philharmonie de Paris with Ensemble Pygmalion, Handel Messiah with Clare College Choir at Union Chapel London, and Bach B Minor Mass at Winchester College, Handel Israel in Egypt at the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by William Christie, Bach St Matthew Passion for the London Handel Festival, Falvetti Il Diluvio Universale (La giustizia divina) and Nabucco (Arioco) with Cappella Mediterranea, and solo recitals with Voices of Music in San Francisco and Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble in Boston.
His recordings include Handel Theodora (Didymus) with Pinchgut Opera on ABC Classics, Dean Hamlet (Guildenstern) on DVD from the Glyndebourne Festival on the Opus Arte label, i 7 Peccati Capitali, a disc of Monteverdi opera and madrigals on Ricercar records, Handel Susanna (Joacim) on the Accent label, Vivaldi Bajazet (Tamerlano) on ABC Classics, Handel Faramondo (Gernando) on the Accent label, Monteverdi Il ritorna d’Ulisse in Patria (L’humana fragilita) on Linn Records, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus on the Harmonia Mundi label, the Bernstein Missa Brevis on Hyperion, and a solo album of Handel Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series.
Christopher is also active as a conductor and performer in smaller semi-professional consort ensembles, specialising in Renaissance choral music. He has conducted for Ensemble Altera, Cambridge Clerkes, Ensemble Aeterna, and passio. Recent concerts that he has organised and conducted include a programme of Tudor choral music for male voices, a fundraising concert in London based around settings of the Requiem mass, a church service of English sacred music for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a program of music from the Eton Choirbook, and composer-focused concerts on William Byrd, John Taverner, and Thomas Tallis, and appearances on concert series in his native Providence and Newport, Rhode Island.
Originally from the United States, Christopher holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar with Trinity College Choir under Stephen Layton, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He is a winner of the Helpmann Awards, the Sullivan Foundation Award, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition, and the Keasbey Award. He has studied with Russell Smythe, Derek Lee Ragin, Ashley Stafford, and Pierre Masse.