Tenors
Christopher Lemmings

Christopher studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Johanna Peters and Margaret Lensky, and currently studies with Michelle Wegwart. 

Roles include: for Covent Garden Stingo in Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice under Sir Simon Rattle, Caliban in Thomas Adès' The Tempest (also for BBC television and in Strasbourg) and Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos; for Glyndebourne Tour: Tito La Clemenza di Tito, Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Lechmere Owen Wingrave, for Glyndebourne Festival: Il Maestro di Ballo Manon Lescaut and Bartholomew, a role he created, in Sir Harrison Birtwistle's The Last Supper, premièred at the Staatsoper, Berlin under Daniel Barenboim; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Cologne/Verona); Albert Albert Herring ETO; L'abate di Chazeuil Adriana Lecouvreur  and Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte Holland Park Opera and Bob Boles Peter Grimes for Vlaamse Opera.  

With a strong reputation for his work in 20th century and Contemporary music, Christopher has collaborated with composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès and Nicholas Maw. He has also sung such roles as Edmund in Toshio Hosokawa's King Lear Linbury Theatre, ROH; Beauty in Gerald Barry's Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with the BCMG/Ades with Almeida in London and Berlin, Sid Thatcher in Paul Frehner's Sirius on Earth, also with Almeida, Neoptolemus in Edward Rushton's Birds, Barks, Bones at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, Molqi The Death of Klinghoffer Finnish National Opera, Perelà  in Pascal Dusapin's Perelà L'uomo di Fumo  Bastille /Montpelier, Sellem The Rake's Progress (Opera Nantes/Angers) and the Nihilist Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for ENO. With Music Theatre Wales he created the role of Robin Fingest in Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan's opera For You,  and sang Dov in Sir Michael Tippett's Knot Garden in a joint production with the Royal Opera House to mark the centenary of the composer's birth.  

Opera in concert includes: Gerald Barry's Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with Radio France, Hotel Porter Death in Venice, Lechmere Owen Wingrave and Molqi The Death of Klinghoffer at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Edo de Waart; Itulbo Il Pirata and L'abate/Un incredibile Andrea Chénier with Chelsea Opera Group, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Other concert appearances:  Finzi's Intimations of Immortality Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Stravinsky's Pulcinella with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead, and Aldeburgh Festival; Rossini's Stabat Mater RTE Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin; Haydn's Stabat Mater Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Messiah in London and Madrid with the English Chamber Orchestra, and Janacek's Glagolitic Mass with the Brighton Festival.  

Recent highlights and future plans include Batistelli's Richard III (Strasbourg), Caliban The Tempest (Lübeck), Der Einarmige Die Frau ohne Schatten (Vlaamse), Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Kilkenny Festival and with the Israel Sinfonietta, Il Primo Sacerdote Il Prigioniero (Limoges), The Prince in Luke Bedford's new opera Seven Angels with the BCMG and The Opera Group, Die Zweiter Junge Offizier Die Soldaten with the Bochum Ruhrtriennale, in New York's Lincoln Centre Festival, and Beauty in Gerald Barry's Triumph of Beauty and Deceit with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at Carnegie Hall New York.  Recordings include the critically acclaimed Rorem Auden Songs with Chamber Domaine and a disc of lesser known music by the Italian born film composer Nino Rota. He appears in the role he created of Robin Fingest on a new recording of Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan's opera For You, which was released on the Signum label in September 2010.

Christopher Lemmings

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  • “I'd be very grateful if you could pass my congratulations and thanks on to Liz, Janet and Christopher for their performances yesterday. They were great - just right for the work and very much enjoyed...”
    Janet Wheeler - conductor (Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle)
  • Ned Rorem: The Auden Songs; The Santa Fe Songs
    Ned Rorem: The Auden Songs; The Santa Fe Songs
    With Sarah Fulgoni and Chamber Domaine
  • The Sacred Heart of Nino Rota
    The Sacred Heart of Nino Rota
    Zitto Music Limited - B000XUOIC8
  • For You
    For You
    Michael Berkeley & Ian McEwan: Signum Classics - SIGCD208