Christopher Nairne – Baritone

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Biography

Christopher Nairne is a Samling Artist and graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was the winner of the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize. He was supported by awards from the ABRSM, Caird Trust, Cross Trust, Kathleen Trust, Robertson Trust and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust.

Christopher is currently a member of the Opera North ensemble and in the 2019/20 Season performed the roles of Schaunard La bohème and Vincent Jones Street Scene. In previous seasons he has performed Novice’s Friend Billy Budd, Verva Osud, Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly and William Dale Silent Night (British premiere) for the Company. Christopher’s other roles include Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo Così fan tutte and the title role in Owen Wingrave (RCS) and Betto Gianni Schicchi (Opera Bohemia).

Christopher has sung Apostle in Elgar’s The Apostles (conducted by Edward Gardner the Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Edinburgh International Festival). As a soloist, other oratorios include Bach Magnificat, Bach St John Passion, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Petite messe solenelle, Brahms Requiem and Dvorak Mass In D.

Concert engagements include Butterworth’s setting of A Shropshire Lad at Glasgow City Halls (BBC Radio), Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Royal Northern Sinfonia), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra), Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols (conducted by Bob Chilcott) and the guest soloist at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Audio

Silvio’s Aria, Pagliacci, Leoncavallo (recorded 2017)
Within this frail crucible of light, The Rape of Lucretia, Britten (recorded 2017)

Video

Hai già vinta la causa, Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart (recorded 2019)

Reviews

“Christopher Nairne showed a genuine comic flair to match his superb singing as Guglielmo.

Opera Scotland

“Christopher Nairne was a dangerously beguiling Count in Le nozze di Figaro.”

Bachtrack

“Owen is the central character, and Christopher Nairne’s mature interpretation rightly dominated the evening, every word telling.”

Opera Scotland

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