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Countertenor Christopher Lowrey, originally from the United States, holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, St John's College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He won the New England Regional Finals of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the London Handel Society's Michael Oliver Prize at the 2010 Handel Singing Competiton, and the Rhode Island chapter of the 2005 National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. He was a finalist in the 2008 London Bach Society Competition, as well as the 2006 Fulbright Scholarship competition. He has studied with Russell Smythe, Derek Lee Ragin, Ashley Stafford, and Pierre Massé.
Christopher has sung for such distinguished conductors as Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Leonardo García-Alarcón, and Paul Agnew, in a wide range of venues including La Fenice, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Ambronay Festival, Casa da Musica, Sablé-sur-Sarthe Festival, London Handel Festival, and the Cadogan Hall. His solo recordings include a disc of Handel Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus on Harmonia Mundi, and the Bernstein Missa Brevis on Hyperion. Upcoming engagements include Monteverdi's Orfeo (Pastore) with the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Richard Egarr at the Barbican Centre in London, the world premiere of Cavalli's recently rediscovered opera Elena(Discordia/Euripilo/Polluce) which tours to Versailles, Montpellier, Nantes, and Rennes, Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (L'humana fragilità) for Boston Baroque, and Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
His recent roles include Joacim in Handel's Susanna for the Iford Festival, Creonte in the world premiere of the Portuguese baroque operaL'Ippolito by Almeida at the Casa da Musica, the title role in Handel's The Choice of Hercules for Bampton Festival Opera, the title role ofAlessandro, Mirtillo in Il Pastor Fido, and Bertarido in Rodelinda for the London Handel Festivals 2009-11 respectively, Oberon in the Royal College of Music's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Orpheus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Recent concert appearances include Handel's Messiah with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno (Disinganno) with La Nuova Musica, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Denmark, Bach's Mass in B Minor on tour, Messiah at St George's Hanover Square, a programme of Handel's Divine Music for Voices conducted by Benedict Hoffnung, and solo recitals with the Croatian Baroque Orchestra and the Providence Museum Orchestra.
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