Photo: Prudence Upton

Photo: Prudence Upton

LA BOHÈME

Opera Australia
“The feisty, amorous chemistry between Jane Ede and Christopher Tonkin’s Marcello was convincing. The tall and charismatic baritone is both dramatically and vocally accomplished.” MORE

– Patricia Maunder, Bachtrack, 9 Nov 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Photo: Prudence Upton

LA BOHÈME

Opera Australia
“In a very masculine incarnation of Marcello, baritone Christopher Tonkin gives a naturalistic, understated performance that commands attention through sheer charisma. Marcello’s tempestuous relationship with Musetta can often be seen as a lesser backdrop to the two lead lovers; here, it is all the more believable due to Tonkin’s sincere focus.” MORE

– Simon Parris, Man In Chair, 8 Nov 2018

Photo: Jeff Busby

Photo: Jeff Busby

LA BOHÈME

Opera Australia
”Christopher Tonkin as Marcello stands out as a most rounded and plausible character. The directorial decision to reunite Marcello and Musetta as they tear clothes off one another in the background to the Act Three love duet gives the audience a deeper appreciation of the macho charisma Mr. Tonkin generates.” MORE

– Gregory Pritchard, Concerto Net, 7 Nov 2018  

Photo: Kristoffer Myhre

Photo: Kristoffer Myhre

TROUBLE IN TAHITI

Lost and Found Opera
“Tonkin’s creamy baritone and sweet falsetto were a treat to listen to in close proximity while his chiselled features and contemptuous body language gave an extra arrogance to There’s a Law.” MORE

– Rosalind Appleby, Limelight Magazine, 15 May 2017

Photo: Jeff Busby

Photo: Jeff Busby

NIXON IN CHINA

Victorian Opera
“The quiet dignity and urbanity of Chou En-lai, played by Christopher Tonkin, binds various strands together. This is a delicately nuanced performance and surely it will not be too long before we see this fine performer singing this role on international stages.” MORE

– Bevan Leviston, ArtsHub, 22 May 2013

Photo: Lindsay Kearney

Photo: Lindsay Kearney

CAPRICCIO

Opera Australia
"Christopher Tonkin was simply superb as the Countess’ brother. A tall and striking man with a substantial voice and honeyed tone, he illuminated the character of the Count easily making merry with his foibles for women, insensitivity to the arts and high opinion of himself. He showed considerable comic flair.”

– Opera Insider, 10 Jul 2011

Photo: Lindsay Kearney

Photo: Lindsay Kearney

CAPRICCIO

Opera Australia
“Christopher Tonkin, as the sandwich-short-of-a-sophisticated spread Count, is the very epitome of self-indulgent ignorance. Here, but for savvy, is the Hugh Hefner of French flapperdom.” MORE

– Lloyd Bradford Syke, Crikey, 5 July 2011

Photo: Jeff Busby

Photo: Jeff Busby

L’ELISIR D’AMORE

Victorian Opera
“Tonkin as Sergeant Belcore was the stand-out performer, portraying his character’s charismatic, gum-chewing arrogance vividly, reflected equally in his brilliant bass voice.” MORE

– Olympia Bowman-Derrick, Australian Stage, 17 Aug 2008


BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY 9

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
“Baritone Christopher Tonkin blazoned out the opening recitative call to arms."

– Clive O’Connell, The Age, 13 Dec 2006

THE MESSIAH

Chichester Singers, Chichester Cathedral
“Particularly impressive was the young Australian (baritone) Christopher Tonkin who sang with dramatic authority. In the recitative, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth, he produced a haunting and dramatic atmosphere.” 

–  Graham Hewitt, Chichester Observer, 12 Dec 2007

IOLANTA

Royal Academy Opera
“Christopher Tonkin revealed a gloriously rich baritone.” 

– Richard Fawkes, Opera Now, Nov/Dec 2007

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Royal Academy Opera
“The Count, as sung by Christopher Tonkin, can rarely have been played with such handsome arrogance.” 

– Michael Tanner, The Spectator, 21 Nov 2007