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Christopher Curcuruto, bass-baritone, is an alumnus of the Sydney-based, Pacific Opera Young Artist Program, Christopher’s voice has been described as “satisfyingly rich” with a “distinctive bass timbre”. In 2017, Christopher was the recipient of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Overseas Music Scholarship, which allowed him to participate in the Varna International Opera Academy where he made his international debut singing the roles of Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Stara Zagora State Opera, Bulgaria. Christopher has appeared in some of Australia's most prestigious competitions as a Finalist in the Opera Foundation for Young Australians’ Lady Fairfax Scholarship in 2017, a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards in 2016 and 2017, and most recently as a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (formerly the McDonalds Aria Competition).
Christopher is one of four advanced singers to take up Graduate Artist positions at the University of North Texas on a full-tuition scholarship, commencing in August this year. As part of this program, Christopher will continue his vocal development under internationally-renowned voice teacher and pedagogue, Dr Stephen Austin. Christopher is grateful to the Wagner Society in New South Wales and to the Sydney Savage Club who have sponsored him to undertake this professional development opportunity.
Christopher’s other role credits include: Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Sydney Youth Orchestra under Alex Briger AO (Pacific Opera), Kecal in The Bartered Bride (Rockdale Opera Company), The Father in Hansel and Gretel under Alex Ingram (WAAPA), Mr Dashwood and Gideon March in Little Women (WAAPA), Alessio in La Sonnambula (Operantics), Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata (Opera New England), and Zuniga in Carmen (Opera New England). Christopher is also a member of the Opera Australia Chorus, performing in the 2017 and 2018 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (Carmen and La Boheme respectively).
Christopher graduated from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Graduate Diploma of Music and holds an Honours degree in Theatre Performance from the University of New England. Christopher has had the opportunity to work with some of Australia's best teachers including Patricia Price (2013), Linda Barcan (2013-14), Gregory Yurisich (2014), Dr Rowena Cowley (2015-18), and most recently with Glenn Winslade (2018). Christopher has also coached extensively with Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Simon Kenway, and works regularly with Bradley Gilchrist and Alan Hicks.