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Rupert Enticknap

Rupert Enticknap
Chris Gloag.


Rupert Enticknap is one of Britain’s leading young countertenors. He has performed with renown Early Music ensembles and conductors and also brings along a great passion for modern and contemporary music repertoire.

In 2017, he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in the role of Rosencrantz in Brett Dean’s celebrated Hamlet-premiere alongside Barbara Hannigan. Touring performances followed at the Adelaide Festival 2018 among other venues. He also sang the title role of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at the MITO Settembre Musica Festival 2015, the European in Maurizio Kagel’s Mare Nostrum at the Wiener Kammeroper in 2014 and the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sum for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In the 201819 season, Rupert Enticknap will return to the Frankfurt Opera for Olga Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway together with the Ensemble Modern. Further performances include the role of Mercucio in La Divisione del Mondo by Giovanni Lengrenzi at the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy and the Opéra Royal Versailles.

Recent opera engagements led him to the Frankfurt Opera (Valentiniano in Gluck’s Ezio), the Berliner Staatsoper (Giove/Coralto in Steffani’s Amor Vien Dal Destino), the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels (Caverna in Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria), the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) and to the Shakespeare’s Globe London/ROH (Olindus/Cupid in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo). As a company member of the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien his roles included Mirteo in Vinci/Handel’s Semiramide, and the title roles in Handel’s Orlando and Radamisto with René Jacobs and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Rupert Enticknap has been invited to the Kilkenny Festival (Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), the Brighton Festival and St John’s Smith Square (Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), the Buxton Festival (title role in Handel’s Tamerlano), the London Handel Festival (title role in Riccardo Primo, Unulfo in Rodelinda, Olindo in Opera Settecento’s modern revival of the Handel/Vinci pasticcio Elpidia), the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Classical Opera London (Ascalax in Telemann’s Orpheus). He recently sang 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.

He has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, René Jacobs, Gabriele Ferro, Alan Curtis, Ian Page, Laurence Cummings, Christophe Rousset, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, David Bates, Christian Currnyn, Ottavio Dantone, Dante Anzolini, Ruben Dubrovsky, Gelsomino Rocco, Simone Di Felice, Fabio Biondi, Olof Boman and Paul Goodwin.

Enticknap’s oratorio and concert performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Prisma Wien, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Theodora and Israel in Egypt in the UK, Orff’s 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.

In recital, he has performed at the Resonanzen Festival at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Kammeroper and Innsbruck Festival.

Enticknap was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, and subsequently won choral scholarships at Wells Cathedral and King’s College, London. He achieved a ‘distinction’ in his Master’s 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 Enticknap 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.

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