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Born Kirkcaldy.

Scottish baritone.

Christopher Nairne studied in Glasgow at the RSAMD under Stephen Robertson and Scott Johnson, continuing his training in the Opera School at RCS, supported by the Robertson Trust. He was a member of NYCoS for five years and also choral scholar in Glasgow University Chapel Choir. He won the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize and was runner-up in the Jean Highgate competition. He participated in masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Sir Thomas Allen, Roderick Williams and Paul Kiesden.

Roles at the RSAMD/RCS included Luther (Tales of Hoffmann), Innkeeper (Cunning Little Vixen), Davout & Joseph (War and Peace), Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, and Owen Wingrave. He worked with Scottish Opera's Education Department, also appearing in the company's chorus for several operas including Jenufa, Der fliegende Holländer and HMS Pinafore.

Other appearances include Opera Bohemia (Schaunard, Normanno, Betto di Signa); Opera East Lothian (Belcore) and Fife Opera (Dapertutto, Silvio).

While still a student he worked in the chorus at Opera North in Otello, La bohème and Götterdämmerung. He then joined the Chorus of Opera North full time, taking solo parts including Verva (Osud).

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