Rupert Enticknap is one of Britain’s leading young countertenors. He has performed with renown Early Music ensembles and conductors and also brings along a great passion for modern and contemporary music repertoire.
In 2017, he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in the role of Rosencrantz in Brett Dean’s celebrated Hamlet-premiere alongside Barbara Hannigan. Touring performances followed at the Adelaide Festival 2018 among other venues. He also sang the title role of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at the MITO Settembre Musica Festival 2015, the European in Maurizio Kagel’s Mare Nostrum at the Wiener Kammeroper in 2014 and the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sum for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In the 2018/19 season, Rupert Enticknap will return to the Frankfurt Opera for Olga Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway together with the Ensemble Modern. Further performances include the role of Mercurio in La Divisione del Mondo by Giovanni Legrenzi at the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy and the Opéra Royal Versailles.
Recent opera engagements led him to the Frankfurt Opera (Valentiniano in Gluck’s Ezio), the Berliner Staatsoper (Giove/Coralto in Steffani’s Amor Vien Dal Destino), the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels (Caverna in Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria), the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’ Ulisse in patria) and to the Shakespeare’s Globe London/ROH (Olindus/Cupid in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo). As a company member of the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien his roles included Mirteo in Vinci/Handel’s Semiramide, and the title roles in Handel’s Orlando and Radamisto with René Jacobs and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Rupert Enticknap has been invited to the Kilkenny Festival (Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), the Brighton Festival and St John’s Smith Square (Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), the Buxton Festival (title role in Handel’s Tamerlano), the London Handel Festival (title role in Riccardo Primo, Unulfo in Rodelinda, Olindo in Opera Settecento’s modern revival of the Handel/Vinci pasticcio Elpidia), the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Classical Opera London (Ascalax in Telemann’s Orpheus). He recently sang the role of Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier Award nominated play Farinelli and the King in London’s West End.
He has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, René Jacobs, Gabriele Ferro, Alan Curtis, Ian Page, Laurence Cummings, Christophe Rousset, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, David Bates, Christian Currnyn, Ottavio Dantone, Dante Anzolini, Ruben Dubrovsky, Gelsomino Rocco, Simone Di Felice, Fabio Biondi, Olof Boman and Paul Goodwin.
Opera / Music theatre:
Francesco Cavalli L’Ormindo (Olindus, Cupid, L’Ormindo)
Brett Dean Hamlet (Rosencrantz)
Florian Leopold Gassman L’opera Seria (Caverna)
Philip Glass Akhnaten (Akhnaten)
Christoph Willibald Gluck Ezio (Valentiniano)
Georg Friedrich Händel Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo), Xerxes (Arsamenes), Tamerlano (Tamerlano), Agrippina (Ottone), Hercules (Lichas), Jephtha (Hamor), Rinaldo (Mago Christiano), Messiah (Alto), Orlando (Orlando), Radamisto (Radamisto), Riccardo Primo (Riccardo Primo), Rodelinda (Unulfo)
Georg Friedrich Händel, Nicola Antonio Porpora etc. Farinelli and the King (Farinelli)
Georg Friedrich Händel, Leonardo Vinci Elpidia (Olindo), Il Semiramide (Mirteo)
Mauricio Kagel Mare Nostrum (The European)
Giovanni Legrenzi Il divisione del Mondo (Mercurio)
Clausio Monteverdi Il ritorno d’ulisse in Patria (L’umana Fragilita, Pisandro), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone)
Olga Neuwirth The Lost Highway (Mystery Man)
Henry Purcell The Fairy Queen (Secrecy, Alto), Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress)
Max Richter Sum (Man)
Agostino Steffani Amor Vien Dal Destino (Giove, Coralto)
Antonio Vivaldi L’Oracolo in Messenia (Anassandro)
8/12/14/16 February 2019, 20:00
10 February 2019, 15:00
Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg
1 March 2019, 20:00
3 March 2019, 15:00
Théâtre de la Sinne, Mulhouse
9 March 2019, 20:00
Théâtre municipal de Colmar
20/22/26/27 March 2019, 20:00
24 March 2019, 15:00
Opéra National de Lorraine à Nancy
13 April 2019, 19:00
14 April 2019, 15:00
Opéra Royal de Château de Versailles
Programme: Giovanni Legrenzi, Divisione Del Mondo
Cast: Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (musical direction), Jetske Mijnssen (stage director), Herbert Murauer (set), Julia Katharina Berndt (costumes), Carlo Allemano (Giove), Jake Arditti (Apollo), Julie Boulianne (Giunone), Rupert Enticknap (Mercurio), Stuart Jackson (Nettuno), Sophie Junker (Venere), Christopher Lowrey (Marte), Soraya Mafi (Cintia), Alberto Miguelez Rouco (Discordia), André Morsch (Plutone), Arnaud Richard (Saturno)
15/16 March 2019, 19:00, Sophiensäle, Berlin
29/30/31 March 2019, 19:00, Studiobühne Köln
28/29 June 2019, tba, Nowy Teatr Warsaw
Programme: Wojtek Blecharz Fiasko
Cast: Wojtek Blecharz (musical direction), K.A.U.&Wdowik (artistic direction), Rupert Enticknap (vocals), Sylvia Hinz (flute), Stefanie Mirwald (accordion)
29 April 2019, 19:30, St. John’s Smith Square, London Handel Festival
Programme: G. F. Handel Athalia
Cast: London Handel Orchestra, Laurence Cummings (conductor), London Handel Singers, Anna Devin (Athalia), Grace Davidson (Josabeth), Rupert Enticknap (Joad), Anthony Gregory (Mathan), Christian Immler (Abner), Treble from Westminster Abbey (Joas)
The cast has unusual strength in depth: countertenors Rupert Enticknap and Christopher Lowrey relish the Tweedledum-and-Tweedledee pairing of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (…) this is the true essence of Shakespeare’s play, superbly sung and acted – a riveting evening.
Bachtrack, June 2017
This is an impressive labour of love from all concerned at a level which only Glyndebourne at its best can manage… Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – countertenors Rupert Enticknap and Christopher Lowrey [are] brilliant (…) the total work of art cries out to be seen and heard.
Arts Desk, June 2017
(…) outstanding performances (…) Rupert Enticknap and Christopher Lowrey as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, here a Tweedledum and Tweedledee pair of countertenors, inherit most of the comedy.
Financial Times, June 2017
(…) countertenors Christopher Lowery and Rupert Enticknap introduced an element of fun in their Tweedledum and Tweedledee double act as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. (… ) Such an all-star cast of opera singers has no right to act so brilliantly.
Express, June 2017
The role of the emperor seemed both vocally and dramatically tailored to fit Rupert Enticknap.
Frankfurter Neue Presse, December 2016
Rupert Enticknap’s rich and glowing countertenor warmed his portrayal of the faithful herald, Lichas.
The Observer, March 2015
Rupert Enticknap takes some risks to draw his murderous henchman Anassandro, but is repaid with excellent characterisation.
Bachtrack, February 2015
Rupert Enticknap carries on the transformation of the peoples, becomes a Frenchman from the Spaniard to the Greek, and sings with his sensual countertenor through the cultures.
Der Standard, February 2014
(…) the changeable Rupert Enticknap, draws diverse Europeans with sensitive countertenortones.
Die Presse, February 2014
William Byrd If Women could be fair
Antonio Caldara Soffri Dolce