British tenor Christopher Lemmings made his Royal Opera debut in the 2003/4 Season replacing Ian Bostridge as Caliban in a performance of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest. He returned to sing Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) the same Season, and in the 2018/19 Season sings Boyar (Boris Godunov) for The Royal Opera.
Lemmings studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has a particular interest in 20th-century and contemporary music, and has collaborated with composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen, Pascal Dusapin and Nicholas Maw. Selected appearances include Clarence/Tyrrel in Battistelli’s Richard III (Strasbourg and Geneva), Bob Boles in Peter Grimes (Opera Vlaanderen), Podestà in La finta giardiniera (Buxton Festival), Red Whiskers in Billy Budd, Jack O’Brien in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Prince/Marquis in Lulu (Rome Opera), Claude/Robinson in Philippe Fénélon’s JJR Citoyen de Genève (Geneva), Neoptolemus in Edward Rushton’s Birds, Barks, Bones and the Prince in Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels (The Opera Group), Molqi in The Death of Klinghoffer (Finnish National Opera, Dov in The Knot Garden and Robin Fingest in For You (Music Theatre Wales) and roles in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! with Aldeburgh Festival. He created Bartholomew in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper at Berlin State Opera.
Lemmings also appears widely in concert, with appearances including The Dream of Gerontius at the Sage, Gateshead, Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra, Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall and Pulcinella with the Northern Sinfonia.