Christopher Foster

Christopher Foster

Basso Cantante

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«Christopher Foster’s dark-hued Traveller»
Opera Review: Peter Reynolds (2016)
«"Christopher Foster's acute use of the text brought Raimondo alive."»
Opera Magazine (2016)
«Thanks for your fantastic performance last night [Mendelssohn's Elijah]. I really enjoyed working with you and the feedback from the choir and audience has been terrific.»
Durham choral society (2016)
2017Puccini: La BohèmeColline
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniLeporello (in English)
2016Puccini: La BohèmeAlcindoro
2016Puccini: La BohèmeBenoit
2015Bach J.S.: Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio)Bass
2015Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass
2015Handel: Samson, HWV 57All bass solos
2015Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro
2014Mozart: RequiemBass
2014Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)BASS SOLO
2014Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass
2014Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass
2014Lukaszewski: RequiemBASS SOLO
2014Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow MaidenFather Frost
2014Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorRaimondo Bidebent
2013Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass
2013Britten: Curlew RiverTraveller
2013Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70BASS SOLO
2013Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro
2012Glass: Hotel of DreamsKawabata
2011Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)BASS SOLO
2011Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass
2010Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)All bass parts
2009Britten: Curlew RiverTraveller
2008Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)All bass parts
2008Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony)BASS SOLO
2008Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Bass
2007Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass
2007Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70BASS SOLO
2007Handel: Samson, HWV 57All bass solos
2006Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)All bass parts
2006Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)All bass parts
2005Mozart: RequiemBass
2000Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)All bass parts
2000Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)All bass parts
2000Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)All bass parts
2000Mozart: RequiemBass
2000Handel: Messiah, HWV 56BASS SOLO
2000Maxwell Davies: The LighthouseArthur
2000Bernstein: Trouble in TahitiSam


CHRISTOPHER FOSTER                        BASS Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Christopher was a winner of the NFMS Young Concert Artists' Award and a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition at The Wigmore Hall.  He is also a Samling scholar from Thomas Allen’s inaugural course held in the Lake District. 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 and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Minkowski.  Highlights include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Darmstadt, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Durham Cathedral, the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Requiem at the 2014 Presteigne Festival and Handel’s Messiah at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing – believed to be its English premiere – and also Orff’s Carmina Burana at Beijing University.  Christopher has appeared in many festivals and in radio broadcasts in France, Belgium, Holland and at home.  For BBC Radio 3, these have included appearances in the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with Joshua Rifkin and with Trevor Pinnock; Schumann’s Manfred and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, both at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC SO and the world premiere of Britten’s The Rescue of Penelope for the Aldeburgh Festival. Recital work has included appearances at festivals in Barnes, Gregynog, Presteigne, twice at Banqueting House and also in Dorchester Abbey for the English Music Festival, featuring his programme A Soldier's Tale, commemorating the anniversaries surrounding both world wars.  Finzi's To a Poet, Toby Young’s, setting of three Dylan Thomas texts entitled, Lie Still and Vaughan Williams’ House of Life were performed in the Brittania in Bamberg Festival in April 2016. Operatic roles have included: Sarastro, Mozart, The Magic Flute (London Festival Opera, in Budapest) and in Die Zauberflöte (Pavilion Opera); Leporello Don Giovanni (Ahmadi Music Group), Benoit/Alcindoro (Regents Opera), Kawabata, Philip Glass, Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere for Volta Theatre); Traveller, Britten, Curlew River (Nova Music Opera), also covered for Opéra de Rouen; 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) and Spectator, Edward Lambert, Opera With a Title (World Premiere at the 2015 Tête à Tête Festival), whilst previous roles have included Arthur, Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse; Don Alfonso, Mozart, Così fan Tutte (Britten-Pears School); Figaro, Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro (First Act Opera) and also Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), covered for Sir John Eliot Gardiner.  Christopher 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.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: La Bohème Colline Hever Castle 2017
Mozart: Don Giovanni Leporello (in English) No Ahmadi Music Group 2016
Puccini: La Bohème Alcindoro 24 hours Regent Opera 2016
Puccini: La Bohème Benoit 24 hours Regent Opera 2016
Bach J.S.: Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 (Christmas Oratorio) Bass 1 Day Salisbury Cathedral Choir 2015


NFMS Young Artist award