Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth has distinguished himself as an up-and-coming tenor by his exceptional singing and diverse repertoire.
Acclaimed for his interpretations of the major Classical and Baroque tenor roles, Ainsworth has performed 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, Rinnucio 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. Also a supporter of new works, he has appeared in the world premieres of John Estacio’s Lillian Alling at the Vancouver Opera, Stuart MacRae’s The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival, Victor Davies’ The Transit of Venus with the Manitoba Opera, and Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna at Sadler’s Wells in London and at the Luminato Festival. Other past opera engagements have included appearances at the Chicago Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Lake George Opera, L’Opéra de Français, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera and the Greek National Opera.
Also a prolific concert singer, Mr. Ainsworth has appeared with the Cincinnati, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal symphonies, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, Mercury Baroque in Houston, Les Violons du Roy in Montreal and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.
Ainsworth’s growing discography includes Vivaldi’s La Griselda (Naxos), Castor et Pollux (Naxos), Schubert Among Friends (Marquis Classics), Gloria in Excelsis Deo with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (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 Alderburgh Connection’s Our Songs (Marquis Classics). He also appears in a live DVD recording of Lully’s Persée with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Euroarts).