Featured Collaborator: Christopher Saunders

Source: Christopher Saunders

Source: Christopher Saunders

One of the finest tenors of his generation, Christopher Saunders has excelled in opera and operetta through to oratorio, lieder and song. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London he studied with Vera Roza and was a Samling Scholar studying with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau.

Christopher has a large repertoire from Mozart and Handel through to Britten and Sondheim. He has performed leading roles for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, The Classical Opera Company and the Covent Garden Festival. He has performed Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galetea at the Wigmore Hall and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings at the Barbican. He was chosen to sing as tenor soloist for the Prince of Wales at Gloucester Cathedral, performed the role of Frederic in the Pirates of Penzance for the D’oyly Carte Opera Company at the Queens Theatre in London’s West End and was broadcast on numerous occasions on the BBC in opera and concert.

Since returning to Australia he has performed with the Victorian Opera Company, Opera Queensland, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Philharmonia, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

His recordings include Liederabend with Berta Brozgul and Dark Wind Blowing – Songs of Love and Loss with Stefan Cassomenos (ABC Classic FM "CD of the Week" in September 2012), Vivaldi’s Griselda and Cavalli’s Giasone with Pinchgut Opera.

Christopher Saunders performed with PLEXUS on numerous occasions in 2014, and together with PLEXUS gave the world premieres of works by Gordon Kerry, Richard Mills, and Brigid Bisley.