Countertenor Watch: Christopher Ainslie and Tim Mead



Two young countertenors to keep an eye out for.

Christopher Ainslie (photo: courtesy of the artist)

Christopher Ainslie:

Christopher was the first counter-tenor to win the Richard Tauber Prize at the Wigmore Hall (2008) and won the Michael Oliver Prize in the 2007 Handel Singing Competition. He is a 2010/11 Classical Opera Company Associate Artist, and is grateful for the significant support of Independent Opera in the formative years of his career.

Christopher is rapidly establishing himself as a leading interpreter of repertoire within and outside the traditional confines of the countertenor voice-type.

Recent oratorio performances include Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in the Moscow Conservatory (with Vladimir Jurowsky), Purcell’s Ode to St Cecilia and Handel’s Te Deum in D (Innsbruck, Utrecht and Antwerp Festivals) with B’Rock, the title role in Handel’s Solomon (with Laurence Cummings), Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra (with Christopher Warren-Green), Belshazzar in the Dresden Frauenkirche, Saul in St John’s, Smith Square, London, Judas Maccabeus in Vilnius…

Read more: Ainslie Biography

Tim Mead (photo: Richard Ecclestone)

Tim Mead:

In the final year of his studies, Tim made his professional opera debut singing the role of Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opera de Lyon under William Christie, a role he has since performed at English National Opera and Den Norske Opera, Oslo. In 2006 he made an unscheduled debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera singing the title role in David McVicar’s celebrated production of Giulio Cesare under Emmanuelle Haim, replacing an indisposed David Daniels.

In concert, Tim has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Théatre Champs-Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw and the concert halls of Berlin and Vienna. He has sung with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astrée , Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik, Bach Collegium Japan and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging…

Read more: Mead Biography

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  • Yayakjan

    Christopher Ainslee is South African!

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  • Guest

    Yesterday he sang the Cupid in John Blow’s ‘Venus & Adonis’. It was awesome!