Christopher Middleton studied piano with James Gibb at the Guildhall School of Music, at the National Opera Studio, accompanying with Geoffrey Parsons, and the Lieder repetoire with Gerhard Hüsch. After working with Scottish Opera he spent several years as répétiteur in German opera houses (Mannheim and Stuttgart) before returning to London in 1990, since when he has worked mainly with the Royal Opera Covent Garden and taught at the Guildhall School and Royal College of Music.
Among many productions with the Royal Opera he has worked on the Ring and Meistersinger with Haitink, on Elektra, Rosenkavalier and Palestrina with Thielemann, on Lohengrin with Gergiev, and Clemenza di Tito with Colin Davis. He was Assistant Chorus Master to the Royal Opera for the first two seasons in the rebuilt theatre, 1999-2001.
Extensive work abroad includes projects with Ozawa in Japan and Boston, with Maazel on Tristan at the re-opening of the Munich Prinzregententheater, Aida and Les Troyens in Lisbon and periods as Guest Coach at the Paris Opéra Studio. He has worked on recordings for EMI, Decca and Philips, including playing harpsichord with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
In 2001 he was asked to become Assistant Head of Opera at the Royal College of Music and since then has been part of the team leading the RCM’s outstandingly successful International Opera School.