Countertenor Christopher Lowrey, originally from the United States, holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, the University of Cambridge (where he sang with the choir of Trinity College), and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He is a winner of the Helpmann Award, the Sullivan Foundation Award, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition, and the Keasbey Award. He has studied with Russell Smythe, Derek Lee Ragin, Ashley Stafford, and Pierre Massé.
Christopher has worked with distinguished conductors such as Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Martin Pearlman, Leonardo García-Alarcón, Christopher Moulds, Paul Agnew, David Bates, and Erin Helyard, with a wide range of companies including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Academy of Ancient Music, Boston Baroque, Opéra Royal de Versailles, La Fenice, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Göttingen Handel Festival, Ambronay Festival, Cappella Mediterranea, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Barroca da Casa da Música, London Handel Festival, Early Opera Company, La Nuova Musica, Sablé-sur-Sarthe Festival, Brisbane Baroque, and Pinchgut Opera.
His operatic appearances to date have included Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Gernando Faramondo at the Göttingen Festival and at the Brisbane Baroque Festival, Pastore/Speranza Orfeo (Monteverdi) for the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse(London) and with the Academy of Ancient Music, L'humana fragilità in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Boston Baroque, Discordia/Euripilo/Polluce in the modern premiere of Cavalli's Elena at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, which toured to Montpellier, Versailles, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Nantes, Angers, and Rennes, Joacim Susanna for the Iford Festival, and Creonte L'Ippolito by Almeida at the Casa da Música, Porto.
Christopher also enjoys a busy schedule on the concert stage and his performances have included Bach St John Passion with Boston Baroque and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Bach B Minor Mass with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Handel Israel in Egypt with the Holst Singers at St John's Smith Square, London, a concert of Dowland and contemporary composers for the Spitalfields Music Festival with the City of London Sinfonia, Bach Christmas Oratorio at Cadogan Hall, Messiah with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, and Handel Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno with La Nuova Musica.
Recent engagements for Christopher include a concert performance of Handel Saul (David) with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Handel Messiah in London, the title roles in Handel The Choice of Hercules and Solomon with The English Concert at the Britten Theatre in London and Handel Susanna (Joacim) at the Göttingen Handel Festival. He is also performing in three different productions of Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Yale Opera, and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. Later this year Christopher will sing the title role in Handel Tamerlano with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, Didymus Theodora with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, as well as performing Messiah in the UK. Subsequent engagements include David Saul at the Adelaide Festival as well as performances with Capella Mediterranea under Leonardo Alarcon.
Christopher’s recordings include Handel Faramondo (Gernando) for Accent label, Monteverdi Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (L'humana fragilità) with Linn Records, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus for Harmonia Mundi label, the Bernstein Missa Brevis for Hyperion, and an album of Handel Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series.