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Christopher Field

Counter Tenor

Christopher Field holds a Diploma of Music in piano performance.  He was the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award for his Masters studies in voice at the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, London, where he obtained the DipRAM in Opera. 

Operatic engagements have included Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante with Stopera, and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Co*Opera.  He has also sung the role of Waki-tsure in Crispin-Cresswell’s The Nameless Dead with Stopera, John Adams’ El Nino at the Sydney Opera House and Military Governor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera.  Other appearances have included the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo with RAO (UK), and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Australia for which he was nominated for a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award.  2008 saw him as Spirit in Dido and Aeneas in the acclaimed Temple Festival production (London).

Christopher has worked as soloist in concert with many organisations including Sydney Philharmonia, Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  In 2009, he debuted with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's Threni and A Sermon, A Narrative and A Prayer and, in 2012, with Musik Fabrik, Cologne on Ferneyhough’s Finis Terrae.  He is a member of the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble EXAUDI and appeared in recital at the Queille Festival (France) with pianist Julius Drake.

Also in 2009, he made his debut with the Komische Oper Berlin as Arkane in Handel's Teseo and debuted also with the Dresden Semperoper as Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare.   In 2011, he sang Armindo (Partenope) for Opera Australia and repeated this role in OA’s 2013 Melbourne Season.  In 2012, he was engaged for the first complete performance of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht (at the Birmingham Opera Company); he also created the role of Bruno in Stefano Gervasoni’s Limbus Limbo for Les Percussions de Strasbourg and Opera du Rhin.  Further performances are scheduled for 2014 in Berlin, Salzburg, Rheins and Marseille.  In late 2014, he returns to Australia for performances of Messiah with the Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.

Christopher Field appears as countertenor soloist on a number of recordings: Zelenka’s Litanies of St Francis Xavier and Tobias Hume’s A Souldier’s Resolution (Move Records) and Handel’s Messiah (ABC Classics).  Other releases include Handel Cantatas with Accademia Arcadia (Tall Poppies), The Food of Love with Salut! Baroque, A Noble Noyse of Musicke with the Netherlands-based ensemble The Royal Winds and Nobody Does It Better (Fleet Records).  He has recorded several discs on the Signum label with the ensemble Tenebrae, and on Hyperion with the British ensemble Polyphony including Cloudburst which earned a Grammy nomination.

 

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