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Christopher Ainslie


Christopher Ainslie was born in Cape Town and graduated with distinction from the RCM. He is the winner of the Gianni Bergamo counter-tenor competition (Switzerland), the Richard Tauber competition at Wigmore Hall, and the Michael Oliver Prize in the 2007 Handel Singing Competition.

Currently for ENO: Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Previously for ENO: Messenger/Theseus Thebans, Unulfo Rodelinda, Helicon Caligula.

Career Highlights

Notable engagements elsewhere: Innocent 4 The Minotaur, title role Artaxerxes (ROH); Ottone Poppea, Eustazio Rinaldo, David Saul (Glyndebourne); Antonio The Merchant of Venice (Bregenzer Festspiele); Voice of Apollo Death in Venice, Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice (Opéra de Lyon); Ottone (Drottningholm); title role Tamerlano, Ottone Agrippina (Göttingen Handel Festival); title role Amadigi (Central City Opera); title role Poro, Alessandro Tolomeo (London Handel Festival); Medoro Orlando (Independent Opera); Arsace Partenope (Les Azuriales Festival); title role Rinaldo (Latvia); Venus and Adonis (Les Arts Florissants); Ottone Poppea, Oberon (Opera North); title role Giulio Cesare (ETO); Messiah (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra); St Matthew Passion (Royal Northern Sinfonia); Weihnachts-Oratorium (Les Musiciens du Louvre); and recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Forthcoming: Ottone Agrippina (Grange Festival), a return to Opéra de Lyon, and debuts at Semperoper Dresden and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.

Last updated: 1st March 2018