Christopher Tonkin
Christopher Tonkin

Began music training playing the trumpet in Geelong. It was here that he gained invaluable experience in music by playing in pit orchestras, concert bands and big bands. Not until the age of 21 had Christopher contemplated singing as an interest and from there he became involved in local theatre productions with a number of lead roles to his name. He spent 4 years learning voice with Gerald English and is currently under the guidance of Anna Connolly. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice) from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Christopher has a wide range of performing experience varying in styles from jazz to music theatre and opera. He has sung solo in recitals, oratorio, festivals, variety concerts and community benefit concerts. His solo performances include Oratorio works of Bach comprising St. Matthew Passion, The Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat in D major, Cantata’s BWV 12, 22, 23, 75 and 128, Mozart’s Vespers as well as Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Maria Theresa Mass with Melbourne Chorale.

Christopher is contracted to sing Handel’s Messiah and Bach Cantata BWV 207 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra later this year. He will also perform the Australian premiere of Rudi Stephan’s Liebeszauber at the Port Fairy Music Festival.

Showing his versatility as an artist, Christopher has performed a number of lead roles on the stage including Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, Rooster in Annie, Oliver in As You Like It, a lead performer in Cole, and Billy Flynn in Chicago.

Christopher is the recipient of four prizes: the Daisy Webster-Esther Nolan Scholarship, the Lowrey Arts Scholarship, the Victorian Welsh Male Voice Choir - Ross Hartnell Memorial Scholarship and the Athenaeum Scholarship. He was a finalist in last year’s Melbourne Welsh Male Choir "Singer of the Year" competition and he has just been announced as a finalist in the Opera Foundation "German Operatic Award".

Christopher was seen singing solo at the Sir Rupert Hamer Memorial concert last year and was a principal performer in the City of Stonnington’s Opera in the Park with conductor Dr David Kram. In January, 2004 he took part in the Ronald Dowd National Summer School for Singers "Mastercourse in Opera" in Sydney with music director, Victor Morris. He has performed in masterclasses for Maestro Richard Bonynge and Sir Donald McIntyre and was also selected to study at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne to work with Cord Garben. Christopher has worked with Opera Australia’s OzOpera Schools Company, where in 2004 he was the Strongman in the touring children’s opera Sid the Serpent. Last month he once again joined OzOpera in their "Winter Opera Celebration" in Mozart on the Edge with Artistic Director Richard Gill.

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