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Christopher Lowrey (Counter-tenor)

Born: April 28, 1984 - Johnston, Rhode Island, USA

The American-born counter-tenor, Christopher Lowrey, studied at Johnston Senior High (1999-2002). He holds degrees with distinction from Brown University (2002-2006), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil · Musicology, 2006-2007), where he sang with the Trinity College Choir of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School (Artist Diploma in Opera, Postgraduate Diploma in Voice · Opera, 2008-2011). 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 Massé.

Christopher Lowrey is now emerging at the front rank of young countertenors in the world on both the opera stage and concert platform. He sings for a wide range of distinguished companies around the world, including Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Opéra Royal de Versailles, La Fenice (Director: Jean Tubéry), Bach Collegium Japan (Director: Masaaki Suzuki), Boston Baroque (Director: Martin Pearlman), Aix-en-Provence Festival, Göttingen Handel Festival, Ambronay Festival, London Handel Festival, Pinchgut Opera, Cappella Mediterranea (Director: Leonardo García-Alarcón), Enescu Festival, Early Opera Company, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Barroca da Casa da Música, La Nuova Musica, and Voices of Music. He has worked for a variety of conductors including Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Steven Sloane, Roberto Abbado, Martin Pearlman, Leonardo García-Alarcón, Christopher Moulds, Paul Agnew, and Erin Helyard.

His recent roles include Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) at both the Grand Théâterede Genève and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the title roles in George Frideric Handel's The Choice of Hercules and Solomon with The English Concert at the Britten Theatre in London, G.F. Handel's Saul (David, cover) for the Glyndebourne Festival, Antonio Vivaldi's Bajazet (Tamerlano) with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, G.F. Handel's Faramondo (Gernando) at the Brisbane Baroque Festival and the Göttingen Handel Festival, Monteverdi's Orfeo (Pastore/Speranza) at the Royal Opera House, Monteverdi's Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (L’humana fragilità) with Boston Baroque, and the modern premiere of Cavalli's Elena (Discordia/Euripilo/Polluce) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Recent concert appearances include Falvetti's Il Diluvio Universale (La giustizia divina) and Nabucco (Arioco) with Cappella Mediterranea, G.F. Handel's Susanna (Joacim) for the Göttingen Handel Festival, solo recitals with Voices of Music in San Francisco, G.F. Handel's Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, G.F. Handel's Saul (David) for the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) with Boston Baroque, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and St John Passion (BWV 245) with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, G.F. Handel's Israel in Egypt with the Holst Singers at St John’s Smith Square, a concert of Dowland and contemporary composers for the Spitalfields Music Festival with the City of London Sinfonia, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) at the Cadogan Hall, G.F. Handel's Messiah with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, and G.F. Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno with La Nuova Musica.

This season (2016-2017), Christopher Lowrey sings opera, oratorio, and chamber music in Europe, the USA, and Australia. Upcoming engagements include a concert performance of Tamerlano (title role) with Les Talens Lyriques (Director: Christophe Rousset) for the Ambronay Festival, a staged production of G.F. Handel's Theodora (Didymus) with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, G.F. Handel's Messiah with both the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals with Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble in Boston, G.F. Handel's Saul (David) for the Adelaide Festival, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) for the London Handel Festival, and the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Guildenstern) for Glyndebourne Festival.

His recordings include ‘Les Péchés Capitaux’, a disc of Monteverdi opera and madrigals on Ricercar records, a live performance of A. Vivaldi's Bajazet (Tamerlano) on ABC Classics, G.F. Handel's Faramondo (Gernando) on the Accent label, Monteverdi Il ritorna d’Ulisse in Patria (L’humana fragilità) on Linn Records, G.F. Handel's and A. Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus on the Harmonia Mundi label, the Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis on Hyperion, and an album of G.F. Handel's Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series. He corrently lives in London, England

“Fluent countertenors seem to grow on trees nowadays, but Lowrey has one of the purest, most evenly beautiful countertenor timbres I have heard, unflawed by hoot, shriek, or strain. Besides being a fine musician and singer, he was lively theatrical presence, communicating with alert face and mien even to an audience plunged into anachronistic darkness.” - Opera Magazine

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BWV 245

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