Biography

BPS_4797_8x10Christopher Hillier is one of Australia’s finest young singers.  He 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.

Christopher’s operatic repertoire includes Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata and he has performed for companies such as Opera Australia, Pacific Opera and the National Opera Studio.  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.

2010 engagements 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.

In 2011, Christopher maintained his full-time association with Opera Australia; he sang Germont in La traviata for their national touring production, performed Fiorello in The Barber of Seville and appeared in concert in Beijing.

Christopher Hillier joined the principal ensemble of Opera Australia in 2012 – appearing in La traviata and starring in the leading role of Zurga in The Pearl Fishers; he also made his international debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan. 

In 2013, for Opera Australia, he sang  the title role in Don Giovanni, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, Schaunard in La Boheme and Christian in a new production of Un ballo in maschera. He also made his debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Lyric Opera (Verdi Gala) and sang the title role of Ruthven in Der Vampyr as part of the Melbourne Ring Festival.

In 2014, Mr Hillier continues his association with Opera Australia appearing as Morales in Carmen and Papageno in The Magic Flute.

As a pianist, Christopher has played for many masterclasses, competitions and recitals with artists including Richard Bonynge, Barry Ryan, Michael Lewis, Robert Allman and many others.

In 2015 Christopher will perform in ‘The Rabbits’ at the Perth and Melbourne Festivals, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for Opera Australia in Melbourne and is the assistant conductor for Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for Sydney’s Spectrum Now. Christopher will also assist Maestro Bonynge in Haydn’s Orfeo later this year.