This season, Christopher sings Opera, Oratorio, and Chamber Music in the UK, USA, and Europe, as well as making his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in Brett Dean's Hamlet.
In the American school, but with a British accent, countertenor Christopher Lowrey balances the best elements of these diverse traditions, merging directness of expression and beauty of tone with precision and agility. Now regularly working alongside many of the world’s leading opera houses, orchestras, and festivals, his career takes him throughout Europe, the USA, and Australasia.
Christopher sings with a wide range of distinguished companies around the world, including Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Barbican Centre, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro Real, La Fenice, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Academy of Ancient Music, Boston Early Music Festival, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Pinchgut Opera, English National Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, Ensemble Pygmalion, Boston Baroque, Arcangelo, Early Opera Company, Ambronay Festival, Ensemble Pygmalion, Le Banquet Céleste, Opéra National du Rhin, La Nuova Musica, London Handel Festival, Kammerochester Basel, Cappella Mediterranea, Göttingen Handel Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and Voices of Music. He has worked with a variety of conductors including William Christie, Vladimir Jurowski, Christophe Rousset, Laurence Cummings, Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr, Harry Bicket, Raphaël Pichon, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton, Masaaki Suzuki, Erin Helyard, David Bates, Damien Guillon, Roberto Abbado, Leonardo García-Alarcón, and Martin Pearlman.
Highlights this shortened season include a tour of Pergolesi Stabat Mater with soprano Sandrine Piau to Bologna, Genova, Heidelberg, Aix-en-Provence and the Wigmore Hall in London, a return to the Göttingen Handel Festival to sing Handel Rodelinda (Bertarido), and a tour of Handel Messiah with Les Talens Lyriques to Évian-les-Bains and Namur.
Recent operatic roles include Vivaldi Farnace (title role) with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Handel Giulio Cesare (title role) performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Ambronay Festival, and the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Handel Agrippina (Ottone) with Les Talens Lyriques directed by Christophe Rousset, Steffani Orlando Generoso (Ruggiero) for the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette, the world premiere of a 17th-century work by Legrenzi, La Divisione del Mondo (Marte) for Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Handel Theodora (Didymus) with Potsdamer Winteroper, Handel Arminio (title role) for the Göttingen Handel Festival, and Handel Rinaldo (Argante) with Kammerorchester Basel.
Recent concert appearances include his debut at the Wigmore Hall in Charpentier and Purcell with La Nuova Musica, Bach Magnificat at Versailles and Dijon, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Bach Trauerode with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, solo recitals in San Francisco with Voices of Music, a North American and European tour of Handel Semele (Athamus) with The English Concert directed by Harry Bicket, culminating in Christopher’s Carnegie Hall debut, Bach St. John Passion with Le Banquet Céleste, directed by Damien Guillon, a Bach and Vivaldi programme in Hong Kong with British group Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen, and Bach Cantatas at the Philharmonie de Paris with Ensemble Pygmalion.
"…Lowrey demonstrates a fully mastered technique and a convincing tessitura from one extreme to the other...he reveals a very appreciable variety of timbres, from dolce silky to the most brilliant, and pays full attention to the realization of cadences (conclusive formulas) very neat and exact, with a trill well proportioned and a measured resolution."
His growing catalogue of recordings includes Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Les Talens Lyriques on the Alpha Label, Handel Arminio (title role) on the Accent label, Theodora (Didymus) with Pinchgut Opera on ABC Classics, Dean Hamlet (Guildenstern) on DVD from the Glyndebourne Festival on the Opus Arte label, i 7 Peccati Capitali, a disc of Monteverdi opera and madrigals on Ricercar records, Handel Susanna (Joacim) on Accent, Vivaldi Bajazet (Tamerlano) on ABC Classics, Handel Faramondo (Gernando) on Accent, Monteverdi Il ritorna d’Ulisse in Patria (L’Humana Fragilità) on Linn Records, Handel and Vivaldi Dixit Dominus on the Harmonia Mundi label, the Bernstein Missa Brevis on Hyperion, and a solo album of Handel Arias for the EMI Emerging Artists Series.
Originally from the United States, Christopher holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar with Trinity College Choir under Stephen Layton, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He is a winner of the Helpmann Awards, 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 is also active as a conductor of choral music. He is the founder and director of Ensemble Altera, a leading American chamber choir based in Rhode Island. Upcoming plans for the group include a concert of English polyphony as well as a return to live music-making in a Covid Memorial concert over the summer. Throughout the pandemic, the group undertook a series of Covid-safe digital recordings, including a Christmas Music series and a concert filmed in a parking garage in downtown Parking Garage. Other recent concerts include ‘Hail Mary’, a programme of music based on Marian texts, ‘illumine’, a concert of sacred music on the theme of light, and 'Requiem', a meditation on music written for the dead by composers from the 15th to 20th centuries.