Gillian Crichton was born in Berlin and studied music and violin before dedicating herself to singing. She studied in London with Diane Forlano, Iris Dell'Acqua and Ann Murray; and in Munich with Daniela Sindram. In addition, she has taken part in numerous masterclasses: at the Flanders Opera Studio, the Mozarteum, the Britten-Pears School, the foundation
Royaumont and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with René Jacobs, Marjana Lipovsek, Thomas Quasthoff, Charles Spencer, Malcolm Martineau and Sena Jurinac.
Gillian began her career with the celebrated production of Monteverdi’s La Guerra d'Amore at Theater Basel under the direction of René Jacobs. Since then, she has sung at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre des Champs-Elyzées, Staatstheater Mainz, Theater Kiel,
Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Staatstheater Schwerin and was a fixed soloist at the Opera in Ulm. She has enchanted opera fans in the roles of Idamante (Idomeneo), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nancy (Martha), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Anna (Die sieben Todsünden), Angelina (Cenerentola), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Ruggiero
(Alcina), Juditha (Juditha Triumphans) and Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea).
Gillian Crichton is also in high demand as a concert singer. Among other works, she has sung the Messiah by Handel, the Petite Messe Solennelle and the Stabat Mater by Rossini, the Stabat Mater and the Missa dolorosa by Caldara, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat, the B-minor Mass, the St Matthew Passion and the St John Passion by Bach, the c minor Mass
and the Requiem by Mozart, the Mass in f minor by Bruckner, das Lied von der Erde by Mahler and the 9th Symphony by Beethoven. She has performed in most major European cities and festivals with renowned orchestras and ensembles such as the Orchestre de Picardie, Les Agréments, the Orchestra La Banda and the Scuola Basilensis.
Recordings of her include Olivo e Pasquale (Donizetti) under the direction of Alberto Zedda for the French radio, Il Tramonto with the A3 Ensemble for Fenixlabel and a live performance of La Guerra d’Amore from the Theatertreffen Festival, Berlin for 3Sat television.
Whether it is her "versatile voice", her "unbelievably heartfelt voice" or her "fantastic clarity and confident style" that is praised, Gillian Crichton not only convinces the critics but enthuses the public.
Marjana Lipovsek attests to her "powerful voice with great intensity and
beautiful colour" and conductor Ivor Bolton describes her quite simply as an "outstanding talent". A "tremendously fresh singer able to convey her emotions wonderfully to the public", according to the "Südwest Presse".
Gillian Crichton, mezzo-soprano