Rupert Enticknap is one the leading young British countertenors of his generation, most recently singing the role of Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier Award nominated play Farinelli and the King in London’s West End. Other recent highlights included a new production of Florian Leopold Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria at the Théâtre de la Monnaie as well as Agostino Steffani’s Amor vien dal Destino at the Staatsoper Berlin, both under the baton of René Jacobs, and Vivaldi’s L’Oracolo in Messenia with Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante. Rupert has worked with many distinguished conductors, such as René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Rubén Dubrovsky, Alan Curtis, Laurence Cummings, Dante Anzolini, Christian Curnyn, Ottavio Dantone and Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and has been broadcast for Austria’s ORF, BBC Radio 3, Norwegian National Radio (NRK), Danish National Radio (DR), and German national radio stations RBB Rundfunk and SWR2.
Rupert Enticknap's career received its foundations initially as a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, subsequently holding choral scholarships at Wells Cathedral and King’s College, London. He achieved a ‘distinction’ in his Masters degree as a David Laing Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Russell Smythe, continuing his studies there at the RCM’S prestigious International Opera School. On completion of studentship Rupert took both the opera and lieder prizes at Stella Maris 2013, and prizes at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti and the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Singing Competition.
Rupert Enticknap established his career as a company member of the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien. His roles there included the roles of Human Fragility / Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Mirteo in Vinci/Handel’s Semiramide, the title roles in Handel’s Orlando and Radamisto with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Baroque Orchester. In contemporary repertoire he undertook the challenging role of The European in Maurizio Kagel's Mare Nostrum with the Wiener Kammeroper. Other roles have included successes in the title role of Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda, Olindo in Opera Settecento’s modern revival of the Handel/Vinci pasticcio Elpidia at the London Handel Festival, Arasse in Hasse’s Il Siroe and Apollo in Vinci’s Il Medo with Ensemble Serse, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik and Ascalax in Telemann’s Orpheus for Classical Opera. Rupert also appeared in the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sum for ROH2/The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, directed by Wayne McGregor and in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed production of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The work of Georg Frideric Handel is a cornerstone of Rupert’s blossoming career and recent engagements have added Hamor/Jeptha with Ottavio Dantone in Oslo and Krakow, David/Saul in Copenhagen, Lichas/Hercules with the English Concert and Harry Bicket in London, Paris and Vienna, Messiah in Spain and Ottone/Agrippina (under the musical direction Christopher Bucknall) to his résumé.
Rupert’s oratorio and concert performances have included Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Prisma Wien, Bach St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Theodora (Didymus) and Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in the UK, Carmina Burana in Prague, Handel’s Solomon at Linz's Brucknerhaus, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with The Ten Tors Orchestra, and Dido and Aeneas at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Collegium Vocale Gent. Rupert has performed on the recital stage in the Resonanzen Festival at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Kammeroper and Innsbruck Festwochen der alten Musik.
Rupert’s recent opera highlights include appearances as Pisandro in Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’ Ulisse at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and in the title role in a concert performance of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the festival MiTo Settembre Musica in Turin and Milan. This season will feature undertaking the roles of the Sorceress/Spirit in Dido and Aeneas for La Nuova Musica with music direction by David Bates in the Brighton Festival, and St John’s Smith Square, the title role in Handel’s Tamerlano for Buxton Festival under the music direction of Laurence Cummings. Major roles in European houses in season 2016/17 include Lel in The Snow Maidenfor Opera National de Paris, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Valentiniano in Gluck’s Ezio for Oper Frankfurt and a new production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen for the Theater Bremen. Rupert will record his debut CD in late 2016.
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