"Thanks for your fantastic performance last night."
"I really enjoyed working with you and the feedback from the choir and audience has been terrific."
Christopher Foster - Bass-baritone
Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School, Christopher was a winner of the N.F.M.S. Young Concert Artists' Award, a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition and one the inaugural Samling Scholars, studying with Thomas Allen.
His concert work has seen him perform throughout the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the RPO, BBC SO and Les Musiciens du Louvre with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Minkowski. Highlights include the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Requiem at the Presteigne Festival, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, and Handel’s Messiah at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing.
As a recitalist particularly dedicated to English song, appearances have included concerts in Barnes, the English Music Festival (in Dorchester Abbey), Presteigne, where Toby Young’s commission of three songs of Dylan Thomas texts entitled Lie Still were debuted and in Bamberg, Germany. Christopher returns to the English Music Festival in May 2017 with a programme of Finzi, Young, Howells and Vaughan Williams.
Operatic roles have included: Sarastro, Mozart, The Magic Flute (London Festival Opera, in Budapest); Leporello, Don Giovanni, (Ahmadi Music Group, Kuwait); Kawabata, Philip Glass, Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere for Volta Theatre); Traveller, Britten, Curlew River (Nova Music Opera); Benoit and Alcindoro, La Bohème, (Regents Opera); Moroz, Rimsky-Korsakov, The Snow Maiden (University College Opera); Friar Laurence, Gounod, Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera), Raimondo, Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor (Winslow Hall Opera) Spectator, Edward Lambert, Opera with a Title (The Musical Troupe –Tête à Tête Festival), whilst previous roles have included Arthur, Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse; Don Alfonso, Mozart, Così fan Tutte (Britten-Pears School).
Future work includes oratorios in Berkhamsted, Hexham Abbey and Great Torrington, a recital in Rugby School and his first Colline (La Bohème) for Opera Brava.
He studies with Gary Coward and Anna Sims but when not singing, he enjoys photography, fine wine, the cinema and cycling at the gym, though not necessarily in that order.