Christopher Hillier is one of Australia’s finest young singers. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2006 and the National Opera Studio (London) in 2007.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably the Opera Foundation Covent Garden Scholarship in 2006.
Christopher’s operatic repertoire includes Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Germont in Verdi’s La traviata and he has performed for companies such as Opera Australia, Pacific Opera and the National Opera Studio. He has a wide and varied concert repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. He has performed regularly for Sydney Philharmonia, Art Song NSW, the Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney and many other societies in the UK, Italy, Germany and Australia.
2010 engagements included Brett Dean’s Bliss for Opera Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh festival, Monteverdi Vespers for Sydney Philharmonia and a Gala Concert with the SBS Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2011, Christopher maintained his full-time association with Opera Australia; he sang Germont in La traviata for their national touring production, performed Fiorello in The Barber of Seville and appeared in concert in Beijing.
He joined the principal ensemble of Opera Australia in 2012 – appearing as Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, Christian in Un ballo in maschera and as the title role in Don Giovanni for OA’s touring production; he also made his international debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan.
Christopher Hillier returned to Opera Australia in 2014 as Morales in Carmen and Papageno in their touring production of The Magic Flute; he also took the baritone solos in the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé for the New Zealand Chamber Choir in Wellington. In 2015, he again sings Papageno for Opera Australia as well as Belcore in their Melbourne Season of L’elisir d’amore.