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Christopher Ainslie started his singing career as a chorister in Cape Town, his home city. In 2005 he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music, where he graduated with distinction.
Mr. Ainslie has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of the countertenor repertory, and is active in exploring repertory not usually associated with that voice. He has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, English National Opera, and Central City Opera. He is equally at home on the oratorio and recital stages and has appeared at Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, with the Hallé, at Moscow Conservatory, with Les Arts Florissants and B’Rock, with the Bournemouth Symphony, and in Dresden and Vilnius.
Recent engagements include Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice for Opéra de Lyon and Opéra National de Lorraine, Ottone in
Agrippina for the Göttingen Handel Festival, David in Saul for Glyndebourne, Bach’s
Mass in B minor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and at the Oregon Bach Festival, where he also sang Bach’s
Magnificat and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s A European
Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Choir and Orchestra of Radio France.
The current season includes appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Handel Festival, and at Teatro Real Madrid as Unolfo in
Rodelinda and as Athamas in Semele at Garsington Opera. Tonight marks his Oratorio Society debut.
photo: Denis Jouglet