Christopher Ainslie has made his debut at the world renowned Bregenz Festival in the premiere of Andre Tchaikowsky’s opera The Merchant of Venice. Despite having been composed in the 1980’s, the work has never been performed until now due to the composer’s premature death. Directed by David Pountney, opera critic Shirley Apthorp writes “Bregenz has assembled an elite cast for the occasion, and all the roles are well sung… Pountney believes that this opera deserves a central place in the 20th-century canon; this production makes a strong case for his claim” (Financial Times).
Singing the title role, “Christopher Ainslie brings the appropriate colour as Antonio” (Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Schwarzach) and “performs the fragile figure of Antonio very convincingly” (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, Linz). Singing alongside a fine cast, Christopher is a stand out for the critics, with one commenting “The worthy Antonio, the only one without a “family”, is scored for a countertenor. Christopher Ainslie was absolutely perfect in this role” (Der neu Merker, Wien). John Allison went on to comment that “the rest of the excellent cast - including Christopher Ainslie’s Merchant - helped make this a restitution to remember” (The Daily Telegraph). Full praise was also given to the high quality of Christopher’s voice, with critics commenting “Much applause of course must go to the sweet-voiced countertenor Christopher Ainslie” (Wiener Zeitung) and “The melancholic Antonio is sung by the delicate tones of Christopher Ainslie” (Die Presse).
Bregenz Festival’s production of The Merchant of Venice runs until 28th July. For more information please click here.