Christopher Hillier’s 2015/2016 appearances for Opera Australia include Zurga in a new
production of The Pearl Fishers, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and The Count in their touring
production of Le nozze di Figaro.
Christopher graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music with First
Class Honours in 2006 and the National Opera Studio (London) in 2007.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably the Opera
Foundation Covent Garden Scholarship in 2006.
He has a wide and varied concert repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina
Burana, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. He has
performed regularly for Sydney Philharmonia, Art Song NSW, the Joan Sutherland Society
of Sydney and many other societies in the UK, Italy, Germany and Australia. Most recently,
he sang the baritone solos in the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé for the New Zealand
Chamber Choir in Wellington. In 2015, he took the role of The Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass
at the Sydney Opera House – for the 100 th Anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of
2010/2011 appearances included Brett Dean’s Bliss for Opera Australia in Sydney,
Melbourne and at the Edinburgh festival, Monteverdi Vespers for Sydney Philharmonia and
a Gala Concert with the SBS Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. He also sang
Germont in La traviata for OA’s national touring production, performed Fiorello in The
Barber of Seville and appeared in concert in Beijing.
He joined the principal ensemble of Opera Australia in 2012 – singing Zurga in The Pearl
Fishers, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, Christian in Un ballo in maschera and the
title role in Don Giovanni for OA’s touring production; he also made his international stage
debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan.