A graduate of the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London, Christopher Saunders has excelled not only in opera but also in lieder, oratorio and operetta. He has performed leading roles with major opera companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North and the Covent Garden Festival in repertoire ranging from Handel, Mozart and Beethoven through to Britten and Sondheim. He has performed major works at the Barbican Hall, Sadler’s Wells and the Wigmore Hall all to great acclaim. A versatile artist, he has performed Handel’s Messiah for the Prince of Wales and taken a lead role on London’s West End stage. He has also been broadcast numerous times for the BBC in opera and concert. A Samling Scholar, he studied with Sir Thomas Allen and today has established himself as one of Australia’s premiere lieder singers.
Since returning to Australia he has performed with Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland, Pinchgut Opera, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia among many others.
Christopher’s future plans include recordings of Schubert, Schumann and further exploring the songs of the great English composers.