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CHRISTOPHER
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Christopher Field holds a Diploma of Music in piano performance. He was the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award for his Masters studies in voice at the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, London, where he obtained the DipRAM in Opera.

These studies were supported by the Rae and Edith Bennett Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust. He has been awarded many prizes and scholarships throughout his student years in both pianoforte and singing, including the Marten Bequest in 2001/2.   

Opera Tableaux with Royal Academy Opera have included: Rameau Les Indes Galantes, Handel Orlando and Scipio, and Rossini's La Gazza Ladra and Aureliano in Palmira. Engagements include: Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante with Stopera, and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Co*Opera. He has also sung the role of Waki-tsure in Crispin-Cresswell’s The Nameless Dead with Stopera, John Adams’ El Nino at the Sydney Opera House and Military Governor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera. Others include Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo with RAO (UK), and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Australia for which he was nominated for a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award. 2008 saw him as Spirit in Dido and Aeneas in the Temple Festival (London). He appeared in Jiří Kylián's ballet production of Bella Figura with The Australian Ballet and also with the late choreographer Pina Bausch in Palermo Palermo with Tanztheater Wuppertal at Sadler's Wells, London.

He has worked as soloist in concert with orchestras including The Sydney Philharmonia, Orchestra Victoria and The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 he debuted with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's Threni and A Sermon, A Narrative and A Prayer. He is a member of the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble EXAUDI and he appeared in recital at the Queille Festival (France) with pianist Julius Drake. He has performed with ensembles including The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra, Tenebrae, The Binchois Consort, A Capella Portuguesa, and Collegium Vocale Ghent, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. 2014 sees a concert tour as soloist in Handel's Messiah with Symphony Australia.

In 2009 he made his debut with the Komische Oper Berlin in the role of Arkane in Handel's Teseo and debuted also with the Dresden Semperoper as Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare. In 2010, he covered the role of Oberon in Baz Luhrmann's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera Australia and returned to the Dresden Semperoper for further performances of Giulio Cesare. In 2011, he sings Armindo (Partenope) for Opera Australia. 2012 sees him returning to Opera Australia and 2012/13 sees him in Strasbourg as Bruno in the premiere of Stefano Gervasoni's 'Limbus Limbo' and in 2013 he returned to Opera Australia for performances of Handel's Partenope.

Christopher Field appears as countertenor soloist on a number of recordings: Zelenka’s Litanies of St Francis Xavier and Tobias Hume’s A Souldier’s Resolution (Move Records) and Handel’s Messiah (ABC Classics). Other releases include Handel Cantatas with Accademia Arcadia (Tall Poppies), The Food of Love with Salut! Baroque, A Noble Noyse of Musicke with the Netherlands-based ensemble The Royal Wind Music and Nobody Does It Better (Fleet Records). He has recorded several discs on the Signum label with the ensemble Tenebrae, on NMC with EXAUDI and on Hyperion with the British ensemble Polyphony including Cloudburst which earned a Grammy nomination. He recently recorded the soundtrack for the Australian TV mini-series ‘Cloudstreet’ for Showtime Foxtel.

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