Rupert Enticknap is one of Britain’s leading young countertenors, most recently singing 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. This season’s highlights include Lel in The Snow Maiden for Opera National de Paris, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, and Valentiniano in Gluck Ezio for Oper Frankfurt. Enticknap will record his debut CD in late 2016.
Recent opera highlights include appearances as Pisandro in Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’ Ulisse at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and in the title role in a concert performance of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the festival MiTo Settembre Musica in Turin and Milan. This season will feature the roles of the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas for La Nuova Musica with music direction by David Bates at the Brighton Festival and St John’s Smith Square, and the title role in Handel’s Tamerlano for Buxton Festival under the music direction of Laurence Cummings.
Other recent highlights included a new production of Florian Leopold Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria at the Théâtre de la Monnaie as well as Agostino Steffani’s Amor vien dal Destino at the Staatsoper Berlin, both under the baton of René Jacobs, and Vivaldi’s L’Oracolo in Messenia with Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante. Rupert has worked with many distinguished conductors, such as René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Rubén Dubrovsky, Alan Curtis, Laurence Cummings, Dante Anzolini, Christian Curnyn, Ottavio Dantone and Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and has been broadcast by Austria’s ORF, BBC Radio 3, Norwegian National Radio (NRK), Danish National Radio (DR), and German national radio stations RBB Rundfunk and SWR2.
Enticknap’s career received its foundations initially as a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, subsequently holding choral scholarships at Wells Cathedral and King’s College, London. He achieved a distinction in his Masters degree as a David Laing Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Russell Smythe, continuing his studies there at the RCM’S prestigious International Opera School. On completion of studentship Rupert took both the opera and lieder prizes at Stella Maris 2013, and prizes at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti and the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Singing Competition.
As a company member of the Junges Ensemble des Theater an der Wien his roles included Human Fragility / Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Mirteo in Vinci/Handel’s Semiramide, and the title roles in Handel’s Orlando and Radamisto with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Baroque Orchester. In contemporary repertoire he undertook the challenging role of The European in Maurizio Kagel’s Mare Nostrum with the Wiener Kammeroper. Other successes have included the title role of Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda, Olindo in Opera Settecento’s modern revival of the Handel/Vinci pasticcio Elpidia at the London Handel Festival, Arasse in Hasse’s Il Siroe and Apollo in Vinci’s Il Medo with Ensemble Serse, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Innsbruck Festwochen der Alten Musik and Ascalax in Telemann’s Orpheus for Classical Opera.
Enticknap also appeared in the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sum for ROH2/The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, directed by Wayne McGregor and in The Royal Opera’s acclaimed production of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The work of Georg Frideric Handel is a cornerstone of Rupert’s blossoming career and recent engagements have added Hamor/Jeptha with Ottavio Dantone in Oslo and Krakow, David/Saul in Copenhagen, Lichas/Hercules with the English Concert and Harry Bicket in London, Paris and Vienna, Messiah in Spain and Ottone/Agrippina (under the musical direction Christopher Bucknall) to his résumé.
Enticknap’s oratorio and concert performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Prisma Wien, Bach St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Theodora (Didymus) and Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in the UK, Carmina Burana in Prague, Handel’s Solomon at Linz’s Brucknerhaus, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with The Ten Tors Orchestra, and Dido and Aeneas at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Collegium Vocale Gent. He has performed on the recital stage in the Resonanzen Festival at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Kammeroper and Innsbruck Festwochen der alten Musik.
Mass in B minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Canticles ii and iv
Membra Jesu Nostri
Cyrus, Daniel Belshazzar
Come ye sons of Art
Angel 1/The Boy Written on Skin*
Oberon A Midsummer Night's Dream*
Voice of Apollo Death in Venice*
Giasone Il Giasone*
Endimione La Calisto*
Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice*
Tolomeo Giulio Cesare*
Orlando, Medoro Orlando
Riccardo Riccardo Primo Re d'Inghilterra
Eustazio, Goffredo Rinaldo
Arasse Il Siroe
Aniceto Il Vologeso
The European Mare nostrum
Lens / Cave
Humana Fragilita, Pisandro Il ritorno d'ulisse in Patria
Ottone L'incoronazione di Poppea
La Speranza, Pastore Orfeo
Apollo Apollo et Hyacinthus
Farnace Mitridate re di ponto*
Spirit / Sorceress Dido and Aeneas
Secrecy The Fairy-Queen
Story teller Sum: Forty Tales FromThe Afterlives
Lel The Snow Maiden
Orlovsky Die Fledermaus*
Apollo Il Medo
* in preparation
Enticknap’s Coloratura is clean, dashing and impressive
Muscular, agile and strongly projected, Enticknap is one of the most exciting young countertenors around
...Rupert Enticknap’s raptly sung Ottone (‘Vaghe Fonti’ was sublime)