Described as “a revelation” in Opera Magazine, South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie stepped beyond the boundaries often imposed on the countertenor voice in his recent recital at the Wigmore Hall. The programme for Ainslie’s Richard Tauber Prize recital featured works from the 16th Century to the late 20th Century including Dowland lute songs, Handel arias, Schubert and Mahler lieder,and Kosaku Yamada’s Songs for Aiyan.
Ainslie received praise for his interesting programme, especially for his interpretation of the Schubert works. His warm emotive voice working wonders with the Schubert text. Peter Grahame Woolf from Musical Pointers wrote of Ainslie’s Schubert interpretaion, “the grimly despairing Die Liebe hat gelogen [was] given with compelling intensity.” Woolf also wrote that he thought the performance was “a superbly conceived selection to show-case Christopher Ainslie’s skills. His voice is beautifully steady.”