Counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey performed his role debut as the lead in Giulio Cesare to which he performed “with considerable ease and smooth velvety voice” (Parterre) in three performances with Les Talens Lyrique. The debut concert was on 20 September at the Enescu Festival in Romania with a repeat performance at the Théâtre des Champs Elysée all conducted by Christophe Rousset.
Lowrey’s performance as Cesare has received commendation from critics. Nicolas Mathieu for Olyrix says Lowrey has “Fierce energy” and Philipe Ramin and Claire-Marie Caussin from Bachtrack and Forum Opera respectively, compliment his vocals and write “he has a voice of splendid fullness” and that he has “clear timbre and remarkable projection.”
Parterre’s Michael Anthonio says Lowrey “Performed his first two opening arias, Presi omai and Empio, diro with sufficient swagger and scathing tone, respectively” and Antonio Mafra from Leprogres adds “The excellent performance of the orchestra thanks…in particular to the counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey… he [Lowrey] did not shy away from show casing his luminous sound.”
Other highlights of Lowrey’s 2019/20 include; his debut at the Teatro Real as Ulisse in Corselli Archille in Sciro; a return to the Göttingen International Handel Festival to sing Bertarido in Rodelinda, conducted by Laurence Cummings; a return to Sydney to sing the title role in Vivaldi’s Farnace with Pinchgut Opera under Erin Helyard; his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where he will reprise the role of Guildenstern in Brett Dean’s Hamlet; with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Markus Stenz his debut at the Wigmore Hall in a programme of Purcell with Ensemble Marsyas directed by Peter Whelan; Falvetti Il Diluvio Universale with Cappella Mediterranea under Leonardo García Alarcón at the Ambronay Festival; Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real in Toledo, Spain; Bach Trauerode and Perez Mattituno de Morte with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and solo recitals in San Francisco with Voices of Music.