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 which has been chosen as best world premiere by the International Opera Awards 2018. The DVD-production received the Gramophone Classical Music Award 2019. 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, the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sum for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Mystery Man in Olga Neuwirth’s The Lost Highway at the Frankfurt Opera.
In 2019, he made his debuts at the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg, Opéra national de Lorraine Nancy, the Opéra Royal Versailles and at the Kölner Philharmonie in Giovanni Legrenzi’s La Divisione del Mondo. Recent opera engagements led him to the Frankfurt Opera (Gluck’s Ezio), the Berliner Staatsoper (Steffani’s Amor Vien Dal Destino), the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels (Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria), the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’ Ulisse in patria) and to the Shakespeare’s Globe London/ROH (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 (Handel’s Giulio Cesare), the Brighton Festival and St John’s Smith Square (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), the Buxton Festival (Handel’s Tamerlano), the London Handel Festival (Riccardo Primo, Rodelinda, Handel/Vinci pasticcio Elpidia), the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Classical Opera London (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.
Enticknap’s oratorio and concert performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Prisma Wien, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Theodora and Israel in Egypt in the UK, Orff’s Carmina Burana in Prague, Handel’s Solomon at Linz’s Brucknerhaus, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Vivaldi’s Stab at Mater with The Ten Tors Orchestra, and Dido and Aeneas at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Collegium Vocale Gent. In recital, he has performed at the Resonanzen Festival at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Kammeroper and Innsbruck Festival.
At the beginning of the 2019/20 season Rupert Enticknap will make his debuts at the Olavsfest Trondheim with the Trondheim Sympony Orchestra and James MacMillan’s A European Requiem. Furthermore, he will sing Oronte in Antonio Cesti‘s La Dori at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Eustazio in Handel‘s Rinaldo at the Ópera de Oviedo, König Admetus in Georg Caspar Schürmann’s Die getreue Alceste at the Winter in Schwetzingen, Guardiano in the German Premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s new opera Il Canto s’attrista, perché? at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and Rosencrantz in Dean’s Hamlet at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Markus Stenz.
Opera / Music theatre:
Francesco Cavalli L’Ormindo (Olindus, Cupid, L’Ormindo)
Pietro Antonio Cesti Oronte (La Dori)
Brett Dean Hamlet (Rosencrantz)
Florian Leopold Gassman L’opera Seria (Caverna)
Philip Glass Akhnaten (Akhnaten)
Christoph Willibald Gluck Ezio (Valentiniano)
Georg Friedrich Handel Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo), Xerxes (Arsamenes), Tamerlano (Tamerlano), Agrippina (Ottone), Hercules (Lichas), Jephtha (Hamor), Rinaldo (Eustazio, Mago Christiano), Messiah (Alto), Orlando (Orlando), Radamisto (Radamisto), Riccardo Primo (Riccardo Primo), Rodelinda (Unulfo)
Georg Friedrich Handel, Nicola Antonio Porpora etc. Farinelli and the King (Farinelli)
Georg Friedrich Handel, 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)
Georg Caspar Schürmann Die getreue Alceste (Admetus)
Agostino Steffani Amor Vien Dal Destino (Giove, Coralto)
Antonio Vivaldi L’Oracolo in Messenia (Anassandro)
26 January 2020, 18:00
31 January 2020, 19:30
Rokokotheater Schwetzingen, Winter in Schwetzingen
Programme: Georg Casper Schürmann Die getreue Alceste
Cast: Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Christina Pluhar, Claudio Novati (musical direction), Jan Eßinger (stage director), Benita Roth (set and costumes), Thomas Böckstiegel (dramaturgy), Elisabeth Breuer (Hyppolite), Lars Conrad (Charon/Strato), Rupert Enticknap (Admetus), Maximilian Haschemi (Pluto), Sophie Junker (Alceste), Emmanuelle de Negri (Cephise), Aline Quentin (Cleantes), Ipča Ramanović (Hercules), Stefan Sbonnik (Pheres/Licomedes), Baiba Urka (Thetis/Pallas/Prosperin)
13 March 2020, 19:30, Rudolfinum – Dvořák Hall, Prague
14 March 2020, 19:30, Annenkirche, Dresden
J. S. Bach Actus tragicus BWV 106
J. A. Reincken Hortus Musicus
N. Bruhns Ich liege und schlafe
J. Ch. Bach Wie bist Du denn, o Gott
Cast: Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks (conductor), Rupert Enticknap (countertenor), Tobias Hunger (tenor), Sophie Junker (soprano), Tomáš Král (baritone), Felix Schwandtke (bass)
23/24 March 2020, 20:00, Klara Festival, Zisterzienserinnenabtei La Cambre, Brussels, BE
25 March 2020, 20:00, deSingel, Antwerp, BE
27 March 2020, 20:15, Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, NL
28 March 2020, 18:00, Chapelle Corneille, Opéra de Rouen, FR
31 March 2020, 15:00, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, NL
Tommaso Bai Miserere mei
Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa O vos omnes
Alessandro Scarlatti Plange quasi virgo
Alessandro Scarlatti Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem
Louis Andriessen …miserere…
Cast: B’Rock Orchestra, B’Rock Choir, Andreas Küppers (conductor), Luigi De Angelis (stage director, video), Tobias Kokkelmans (dramaturgy), Chiara Lagani (costumes), Andrea Argentieri (video), Benno Schachtner (countertenor)
8 May 2020, 19:30, German premiere
16/22 May 2020, 19:30
31 May 2020, 18:00
Opernhaus – Wuppertaler Bühnen und Sinfonieorchester
Programme: Salvatore Sciarrino Il canto s’attrista, perché?
Cast: Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Johannes Pell (musical direction), Nigel Lowery (stage direction, set and costumes), Markus Baisch (choral conducting), David Greiner (dramaturgy), i. a.
6 June 2020, 13:30, Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Programme: Brett Dean Hamlet
Cast: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor, Markus Stenz (conductor), Klaas Stok (choir leader), Rosie Aldridge (Gertrude), Rupert Charlesworth (Laertes), Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Rupert Enticknap (Rosencrantz), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio), Kathryn Lewek (Ophelia), Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Polonius), Christopher Lowrey (Guildenstem), Henk Neven (Marcellus), John Tomlinson (Ghost of Old Hamlet, Gravedigger, First player)
29 July 2020, 19:00 – premiere
1 August 2020, 18:00
2 August 2020, 16:00
8 August 2020, 18:00
9 August 2020, 16:00
12/13 August 2020, 19:00
15 August 2020, 15:30
16 August 2020, 16:00
18/19/21 August 2020, 19:00
22 August 2020, 18:00
Confidencen Opera & Music Festival, Ulriksdals Slottsteater, Solna, SE
John Blow Venus and Adonis
Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas
Cast: Olof Boman (conductor), Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Orchestra, William Relton (stage direction), Sara Ekman (choreography), Christer Nilsson (set), Anna Kjellsdotter (costumes), Arash Azarbad (Shepherd), Rupert Enticknap (Cupido, Sorceress), Christina Larsson Malmberg (Belinda), Sofia Niklasson (Second Woman, First Witch), Ida Ränzlöv (Venus, Dido), Mathilda Sidén Silfver (Second Witch, Messenger), Love Tronner (Sailor), Bernt Ola Volungholen (Adonis, Aeneas)
4/5/6 August 2020, 19:00, Confidencen Opera & Music Festival, Ulriksdals Slottsteater, Solna, SE
Programme: Henry Purcell Hail! Bright Cecilia! – concertante performance
Cast: Olof Boman (conductor), Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Orchestra, Confidencen Opera & Music Festival Choir, William Relton (stage direction), Sara Ekman (choreography), Carl Ackerfeldt (bariton), Anders J Dahlin (tenor), Rupert Enticknap (countertenor), Jonas Nordberg (theorbo, lute), Anna Zander (mezzo soprano)
Countertenor Rupert Enticknap has a monochromatic singing voice, but one with an enjoyable timbre. He played Oronte as a highly emotional being, who appeared at times to be on the point of a nervous breakdown, (…). It was an expressive reading, to which he brought an impressive melancholic lilt. He displayed agility and delicacy in bringing his character alive.
OperaWire, Alan Neilson, 1. September 2019
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