Our man on the inside

Christopher Gillett

A legendary discovery...

It's Glyndebourne's 80th anniversary - making it the oldest professional opera company in Britain. I may not be quite as old as that but thanks to the company, I've made a connection (albeit one of them extremely tenous) to two great tenors.

After my first blog about Glyndebourne I got a message from Stephen, a director friend. In 1964 his dad had been in the Glyndebourne chorus and he too had written something for a local school. Would I like to see it? As Stephen's dad was the great tenor Philip Landgridge I, of course, said yes... Read the rest of Christopher's second blog entry here...

Preparing for rehearsals...

In the next few weeks I’m going to Glyndebourne to start rehearsing Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. Sometimes that keeps me up at night. This is because of two things: a) it’s Glyndebourne and b) it’s Der Rosenkavalier.

I haven’t worked for Glyndebourne in over 20 years, the last time being when I sang on the tour. That was before they built the spiffy new opera house, and I’ve only been back there a couple of times since, to see Lulu and Giulio Cesare. On neither occasion did I wear a dinner jacket, not really out of any contrariness but simply because I don’t own one and I was buggered if I was going to shell out... Read the rest of Christopher's first blog entry here...

Introducing Our man on the inside...

In a career spanning over thirty years the tenor Christopher Gillett has sung in opera houses across the globe and with some of the world's finest orchestras and conductors. He was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus in 1983, and later sang Albert Herring, Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Tikhon (Katya Kabanova) for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

On CD/DVD his many recordings include the title role in Albert Herring as well as roles in Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Christopher has given many world premieres, including works by Menotti, Alexander Goehr, Tan Dun and Louis Andriesson, and last year he premiered Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress in Vienna. He has written two books, the critically-acclaimed Who's My Bottom? and Scraping The Bottom, as well as regular features for Sinfinimusic.com

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