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Asitha Tennekoon

Asitha Tennekoon


A native of Sri Lanka, Asitha Tennekoon’s operatic performances have seen him in the title role of Britten’s Albert Herring, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Arturo Bucklow in Lucia di Lammermoor, and several other comprimario roles in operas such as La Traviata, Ariodante, Cendrillon and Die Fledermaus. Upcoming, he will play Paris in La belle Hélène by Offenbach. As a concert soloist his résumé includes performances of J.S.Bach’s Johannes-Passione (Evangelist), numerous sacred cantatas by the same composer, the Monteverdi Vespers (1610), Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and other notable works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schütz, and Vaughan Williams. An avid recitalist, he has presented several concert programs in the USA and Sri Lanka. Tennekoon studied for his Undergraduate in Vocal Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in the studio of Dr. Brian Horne. He also holds Licentiate Diplomas in Voice and Piano from the Trinity College of Music, London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. Since the Fall of 2014, he has been a recipient of the Kay Hughes Vocal Scholarship in the the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School, Toronto, where he studies with Stephanie Bogle. While in Indiana he was a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Choir, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. In addition to making regular appearances on the play-bill for the Opera Theatre at Indiana University, he has also performed with the Princeton Festival in Princeton, New Jersey, Operamission in New York City and the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan. In his native Sri Lanka Tennekoon has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, the Colombo Philharmonic Choir and the Camerata Musica Chamber Choir.

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