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Christopher Foster

Voice Type:

Bass

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Traveller
Curlew River (Britten)
Nova Music Opera
Arthur/Officer 3
The Lighthouse (Maxwell-Davies)
Inside Intelligence
Sarastro
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
London Festival Opera
Colline
La Boheme (in English) (Puccini)
Opera Brava
Benoit/Alcindoro
La Boheme (Puccini)
Regents Opera
Raimondo
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Winslow Hall Opera
Father Laurence
Romeo and Juliet (in English) (Gounod)
Riverside Opera
Leporello​ (in English)
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Ahmadi Music Group, Kuwait
Kawabata
Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere) (Philip Glass)
Volta Theatre

Art Song

Soloist
Recital: To a Poet (Various English songs)
Brittania in Bamberg
Soloist
Recital: A Soldier's Tale (Various English songs)
English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass Soloist
Matthäus-Passion (J.S. Bach)
Koninklijke Gentse Oratoriumvereniging
Bass Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
International Festival Chorus, Beijing
Bass Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall
Bass Soloist
Roman Vespers of 1707 (Handel)
Musiciens du Louvre, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Bass Soloist
Requiem (Verdi)
Benslow Choral Society, Dorchester Abbey
Bass Soloist
Requiem (world premiere) (Łukaszewski)
Presteigne Festival

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

A Saint About to Fall extract from Toby Young's commission Lie Still. Pianist Christopher Gould

'Und Gott schuf' from Die Schöpfung. Pianist Christopher Gould

Britannia in Bamberg, with Timothy End

Rehearsing the Verdi Requiem in Dorchester Abbey

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Singing Leporello in Kuwait with the Ahmadi Music Group

Competitions

Richard Tauber Prize finalist (1995)

N.F.M.S. (Making Music) Young Artist (1991)

"Christopher Foster, bass, in his solo Mors Stupebit left us in no doubt that grim death was nigh. Also, his contribution to the trio Lux Aeterna was gorgeously resonant and fruity." Verdi Requiem: Benson Choral Society, Dorchester Abbey.

"Thanks for your fantastic performance last night. I really enjoyed working with you and the feedback from the choir and audience has been terrific." Michael Summers, Mendelssohn Elijah, Durham Choral Society, Durham Cathedral.

B.A. Hons (Mus) II(i)
Newcastle University

Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Christopher was a winner of the NFMS Young Concert Artists' Award and a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition at The Wigmore Hall. He is also a Samling scholar from Thomas Allen’s inaugural course held in the Lake District.

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 Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Darmstadt, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Durham Cathedral, the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Requiem at the 2014 Presteigne Festival and Handel’s Messiah at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing – believed to be its English premiere – and also Orff’s Carmina Burana at Beijing University. Christopher has appeared in many festivals and in radio broadcasts in France, Belgium, Holland and at home. For BBC Radio 3, these have included appearances in the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in Bach’s St. Matthew 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.

As a dedicated recitalist, Christopher has always championed English song in his work and appearances at the English Music Festival (on three occasions) and further concerts in Banqueting House, Barnes, Gregynog, Presteigne, Newcastle and Bamberg in Germany have, more often than not, had themes based around English composers; his programme, A Soldier's Tale, telling an imaginary story of a young soldier being called to war, has been received enthusiastically wherever it has been performed over the last twenty years. A supporter of contemporary work, a particular highlight was to have had Toby Young commissioned to write settings of three Dylan Thomas texts for him, entitled Lie Still. The cycle was premiered in Presteigne in 2014 but has received two further performances; more are planned.

Operatic roles have included: Sarastro, Mozart, The Magic Flute (London Festival Opera, in Budapest) and in Die Zauberflöte (Pavilion Opera); Leporello Don Giovanni (Ahmadi Music Group), Kawabata, Philip Glass, Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere for Volta Theatre); Traveller, Britten, Curlew River (Nova Music Opera), also covered for Opéra de Rouen; Colline, Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème; Moroz, Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden (University College Opera); Friar Laurence, Gounod, Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Raimondo, Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor (Winslow Hall Opera) and Spectator, Edward Lambert, Opera With a Title (World Premiere at the 2015 Tête à Tête Festival), 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 (Le Nozze di Figaro), covered for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Christopher 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.

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