Colin Ainsworth

Colin Ainsworth

Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth has performed the title roles in Orphée et Euridice, Pygmalion, Castor et Pollux, Roberto Devereux, and Albert Herring; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Fenton in Falstaff, Tonio in La Fille du régiment, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles, Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride, Renaud in Lully's Armide, Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. An avid supporter of new works, he has appeared in the world premieres of John Estacio's Lillian Alling at Vancouver Opera, Stuart MacRae's The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival, Victor Davies' The Transit of Venus with Manitoba Opera, and Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London and the Luminato Festival. Other past opera engagements have included appearances with the Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, L'Opéra de Français, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, and the Greek National Opera. He last appeared with Music of the Baroque in April 2016.

Other career highlights include appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Pygmalion, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Mercury Houston, Les Violons du Roy, and Tafelmusik. He has also appeared at the Lanaudiere, Montreal Baroque, Elora, and the Aldeburgh Connection festivals, and has toured throughout Germany. His concert and recital repertoire includes Bach's Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Mozart Requiem, Schubert’s Dichterliebe, and Janácek's Diary of One Who Vanished.

His discography includes Vivaldi's La Griselda (Naxos), Castor et Pollux (Naxos), Schubert Among Friends (Marquis Classics), Gloria in Excelsis Deo with Tafelmusik (CBC Records), the collected masses of Vanhal, Haydn, and Cherbuini with Nicholas McGegan (Naxos), and the premiere recording of Derek Holman's The Heart Mislaid, which was included on the Aldeburgh Connection's Our Songs (Marquis Classics). He also appears in a live DVD recording of Lully's Persée with Tafelmusik (Euroarts).

Colin Ainsworth performs in Handel's Esther on February 25 and 27.