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Christopher Gillett

The experienced tenor Christopher Gillett takes the leap from Evangelist in Bach’s Matteus Passion to the role as Judge Turpin’s cruel fellow in our Sweeney Todd.  

The British tenor Christopher Gillett has been singing professionally for about 35 years, after graduating from King’s College in London. Highlights have included singing Roderigo in Verdi’s  Otello  at Covent Garden under Carlos Kleiber,  War Requiem  in the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, the Evangelist in Bach’s  St Matthew Passion  for many years with The Bach Choir – and Monteverdi’s  L’Incoronazione di Poppea  for Los Angeles Opera.

Gillett already knows the role as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd well, from singing it at La Monnaie in Brussels 2016.

Spring 2019 he was Henry in the world premiere of Frankenstein by Mark Grey at La Monnaie, and June he sang Bardolph in the highly acclamied new version of Falstaff, directed by Christopher Luscombe at The Grange Festival:

– Falstaff’s former henchman, Bardolph and Pistol were a gruesome twosome of Christopher Gillett and Pietro di Bianco, the former particularly enjoyable in his relishing of the ‘marriage’ to Dr Caius (Backtrack)

Gillett has also written several books, like Who’s My Bottom, a revealing insight about his working life as an operatic tenor.