Christopher Ainslie ‘breathtaking’ in new production of Rodelinda

04 March 2014

English National Opera’s hotly anticipated new production of Handel’s Rodelinda has received stunning reviews, most notably for its stellar cast and in particular countertenor Christopher Ainslie.  Directed by Richard Jones and with a line-up including John Mark Ainsley, Susan Bickley, Rebecca Evans and Iestyn Davies, and with Christian Curnyn on the podium, Christopher’s performance in the role of Unulfo has received much critical acclaim:

“Ultimately, however, the evening belongs to its two countertenors, Davies and Ainslie, the former infinitely noble and moving, the latter darker toned yet fabulously agile. They’ve rarely been bettered in their respective roles, and are both, quite simply, breathtaking.” – Tim Ashley, The Guardian

“Christopher Ainslie rises splendidly to the challenges.” – Rupert Christansen, The Telegraph

“As the hapless adviser, Unulfo, Christopher Ainslie offers a more occluded but still beautiful version of the countertenor voice.” – Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

“Christopher Ainslie, as Unolfo, profiles a promising countertenor.” – Andrew Clark, Financial Times

“Christopher Ainslie contributes fine solos.” – Barry Millington, Evening Standard

“South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie spectacularly took the role of Unulfo, one of two main countertenor roles.”
– Colin Clarke, seenandheardinternational.com

“Christopher Ainslie’s singing was certainly melodious and captured the deferential, ingenuous character of the role.”
– Curtis Rogers, classicalsource.com

“Countertenors Iestyn Davis and Christopher Ainslie complement each others vocal timbre while displaying top-notch acting chops.” – Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com

“Ainslie turned in some excellently expressive singing.” – Robert Hugill, Planethugill.com

Rodelinda runs until 15th March at the London Coliseum.  For more information click here.  Later this season Christopher Ainslie will return to the Coliseum to sing the role of Messenger in Julian Anderson’s first opera The Thebans, a new commission by ENO.  For more information click here.

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