Sydney-based Christopher Richardson is one of Australia’s most promising emerging Bass-Baritones. As an accomplished pianist and cellist in his teenage years, Christopher furthered his musical studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where he studied pianoforte under Beryl Sedivka. During this time however he changed his major to classical voice studying under mezzo soprano Marilyn Smith and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Vocal Performance in 2003. Since graduating, Christopher has trained with renowned Australian soprano Jane Edwards, tenor Glenn Winslade and acclaimed voice coach Sharolyn Kimmorley. More recently Christopher received a scholarship from the Wagner Society of New South Wales to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane and has also been the recipient of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Award, in recognition of his outstanding work in oratorio.
Christopher appears regularly on the concert and opera stage as soloist in oratorio, opera, music theatre, recital and radio broadcasts. Performance highlights include Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Alexander Balus with the Canberra Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah with St Andrews Cathedral Choir Sydney, Newcastle University Choir and Orchestra, the Allegri Ensemble, Hobart and in ‘Sing Along Messiah’ with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Abandon (Handel arr. Crabb) with Opera Queensland and DanceNorth which premiered in Townsville alongside the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2013, and featured as part of the Brisbane World Theatre Festival in February 2014; and his debut with Pinchgut Opera as Thoas inIphigénie en Tauride.
Christopher has received praise for his performances with Sydney University Graduate Choir (Bowen: An Australian Requiem), The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor and Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, and for his role in Melbourne’s Arcko Symphonic Project in the world premiere performance of KURSK: an Oratorio Requiem by David Chisholm at the 2011 Melbourne Festival. He has also featured as a guest soloist with Melbourne-based new-music ensemble Syzygy Ensemble, performing in the chamber opera The Apology of Bony Anderson (Conyngham) at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the 2013 Metropolis New Music Festival.
This year Christopher’s engagements will include his debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Creation with Hobart Chamber Orchestra in Hobart’s Festival of Voices and a return to Canberra Choral Society in the title role of Hercules ( Handel).