Baritone Christopher Tonkin
Australian baritone Christopher Tonkin has developed a reputation as one of Australia's most successful young exports. Praised for his "sweet" (Opera Magazine), "gloriously rich baritone" (Opera Now) and "dramatic authority" (Chichester Observer), alongside his intensive characterisation and striking physicality, he is regularly engaged in principal roles in opera houses and concert halls in Europe, as well as his native Australia.
Christopher grew up in Geelong, Australia, before moving to Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts under the tutelage of renowned English tenor Gerald English and Anna Connolly. While there, he won several awards and scholarships, sang in masterclasses with Sir Donald McIntyre and Richard Bonynge, and performed with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, the Melbourne Chorale and Opera Australia’s touring school’s company, OzOpera, as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2017/18 season, Christopher continues his association with the national company, returning to Opera Australia in the role of Marcello in La bohème for for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and in Melbourne. He sings Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in concert for the City of Stonnington, Haydn's Nelson Mass with Victoria Chorale and also makes his debut for Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Handel's Messiah.
Biography courtesy - Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2018 and photo courtesy - Christopher Tonkin.