"Christopher Ainslie commands the stage as Caesar": in the title role of Giulio Cesare

16 October 2017

Countertenor Christopher Ainslie's debut in the title role of Giulio Cesare with the English Touring Opera has attracted critical acclaim. His performance has been described as 'immaculate', 'breathtaking' and 'poised'.

Ainslie, on tremendous form, spins out Handel’s lines with exceptional beauty, and his coloratura is immaculate and thrilling.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian 

The countertenor elegantly curls his voice around a series of tricksy arias”
Richard Hubert Smith, The Times****

“Countertenor Christopher Ainslie commands the stage as Caesar”
George Hall, The Stage****                       

“In Part II, Christopher Ainslie's Caesar steals the show with a breathtaking aria sequence that he brings off with resounding success”
George Hall, The Stage

The rather elegant countertenor Christopher Ainslie…he has all the notes and strong stage presence
Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

“The timbres of the countertenors of Christopher Ainslie (Cesare) … characterised by precision, and combine clarity with a high level of nuance.”
Sam Smith, MusicOMH**** 

“Christopher Ainslie made a poised Giulio Cesare, very much in control, the ideal enlightenment ruler … Ainslie's account of the great arias, such as 'Va tacito' gave us much to enjoy … at the opening of Act Three, Ainslie gave us a lovely messa di voce”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

first-rate cast including South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie in the title role
Simon Parkin, Eastern Daily Press 

Christopher Ainslie is exceptional as Caesar, and his countertenor truly thrilling.”
Buxton Advertiser

Performances run until 24th November 2017.
You can see the trailer here, and buy tickets here.

To read an interview with Christopher on why he is passionate about his current role, click here.

Photographer - Richard Hubert Smith

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