Christopher Hillier’s 2015/2016 appearances for Opera Australia included Zurga in a new production of The Pearl Fishers, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and The Convict in The Rabbits; other highlights included The Celebrant (Bernstein’s Mass) at the Sydney Opera House, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony for Sydney Philharmonia and a tour to China as Papageno (The Magic Flute). In 2017, he will appear in Carmen and The Merry Widow for Opera Australia and sings The Count in their touring production of Le nozze di Figaro.
Christopher 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.
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. Most recently, he sang the baritone solos in the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé for the New Zealand Chamber Choir in Wellington.
2010/2011 appearances included Brett Dean’s Bliss for Opera Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers for Sydney Philharmonia and a Gala Concert with the SBS Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. He also sang Germont in La traviata for Opera Australia’s 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 – singing Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, Christian in Un ballo in maschera and the title role in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia’s touring production; he also made his international stage debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan.