Rupert Enticknap


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 Highwayat the Oper Frankfurt.

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 Bayerische Staatsoper (Haas’s Thomas), the Oper Frankfurt (Gluck’s Ezio), the Staatsoper Berlin (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).

Rupert Enticknap has been invited to the Olavsfest Trondheim with the Trondheim Sympony Orchestra (MacMillan’s A European Requiem), 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, Cesti‘s La Dori) and Classical Opera London (Telemann’s Orpheus).

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 Haas Thomas (Dr. Dürer, Michael)
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)


25/26 November 2023, 13:00-18:00, Montforter Zwischentöne, Old town Feldkirch

Programme: Was trägt? – A concert-pilgrim path to five hidden stops in the city

Cast: SAAL Architekten (room installations), Trio d’Iroise, Rupert Enticknap (solo-performance, countertenor)

As Oronte, Rupert Enticknap, with his pleasantly-timbred countertenor, brought out the alternating cycles of emotions with the implied expression of anger and melancholy.
Das Opernglas, W. Kutzschbach, October 2019

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

Pietro Antonio Cesti La Dori

Naxos Records (2020)
Accademia Bizantina
Ottavio Dantone, conductor
Emőke Baráth, soprano
Rupert Enticknap, countertenor
Federico Sacchi, bass
Bradley Smith, tenor; i. a.


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Rupert Enticknap
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