The Music of Bernstein, Purcell, Burry, Mendelssohn and Charpentier take tenor Christopher Enns from Windsor to Versailles during his 2016-2017 season. He was in Nova Scotia for the second summer appearing in the new Canadian opera, The Bells of Baddeck by Dean Burry and Lorna MacDonald, followed in the fall by the title role in Opera Atelier’s production of Dido and Aeneas. For the Pax Christie Chorale he sang Elijah and for the Windsor Symphony, he sings the title role in Bernstein’s Candide. In the spring of 2017 he rejoins Opera Atelier for Charpentier’s Medée, a production that will be seen in Toronto and at Versailles. Mr. Enns’ 2017-2018 season includes two productions with Opera Atelier. In the fall he will appear as Curzio/Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and in the spring, Telemachus in Ulysses.
In addition to the World Premier of The Bells of Baddeck in the summer of 2015, he toured the Maritimes as a member of the pedal-powered and eco-friendly Bicycle Opera Project. For the Canadian Opera Company he was on call as cover artist for Pyramus in the new opera Pyramus and Thisbe and Tancredi in Il combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda.
Engagements for 2014-2015 included Kevin Puts’ Silent Night for Opéra de Montréal, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the University of Manitoba and he appeared in a Gilbert and Sullivan evening for Chorus Niagara. Earlier he sang the title role of Persée (Lully) with Opera Atelier in Toronto and at the Palace of Versailles and was featured as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Saskatoon Opera. A graduate of the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company, he appeared as First Commissioner in Dialogues des Carmelites, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Jupiter in Semele and was cover artist for Titus in La clemenza di Tito. Other roles with the Canadian Opera Company include Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos and Nathaniel in Les contes d’Hoffmann. In addition to his Messiah with the Menno Singers, he has been heard with Chorus Niagara in a Broadway-themed programme and played the role of Alexander in the new opera, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksanna G., for Tapestry New Opera Works.
|Cimarosa||Paulino||IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO|
|Copland||Mr. Splinters||THE TENDER LAND|
|Haydn||Ecclitico||IL MONDO DELLA LUNA|
|Gluck||Pylade||IPHEGÉNIE EN TAURIDE|
|BASTIENNE AND BASTIENNE
|Offenbach||Nathanael||LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN|
|L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES
|Strauss, J.||Alfred/Eisenstein||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Strauss, R.||Scaramuccio||ARIADNE AUF NAXOS|
|Sullivan||Frederic||PIRATES OF PENZANCE|
|Bach||MASS IN B MINOR|
|Mozart||REQUIEM IN D MINOR|
|Schubert||MASS IN G|
“…and Christopher Enns, a compelling and athletic Perseus.”
Globe and Mail, Robert Harris
“Tenor Christopher Enns as Don Geroimo’s lawyer – and also the husband in the secret marriage — was the most even singer. His attractive and romantic light lyric voice exhibits an easy top.” [Il Matrimonio segreto – Cimarosa]
“At the performance I saw, tenor Christopher Enns’ Ecclitico displayed a crystalline voice and even phrasing.” [Il Mondo della Luna – Haydn]
“Tenor Christopher Enns was a charming, hilarious and vocally impressive Alfredo.”[Die Fledermaus – J. Strauss]
“Tenor Christopher Enns gave a flawless performance as Candide, capturing both the character’s innocence and growing disillusion with consummate skill.” [Candide – Bernstein]
“The role of Tamino is a good fit for Christopher Enns, in his first major assignment – first of all, how often does one come across a Tamino who actually looks princely? His bright, clear and sweet timbre is ideal in Mozart, and he has the volume to fill the Four Seasons Centre. ‘Dies Bildnis’ was taken at a rather slow temp, but it didn’t faze him, singing with rich, mellifluous tone.” [Die Zauberflöte – Mozart]
La Scena Musicale
“On Thursday Tamino was sung by Chris Enns who looked the part and sang heroically, giving it his all and achieved the feat of making Tamino believable and likeable.”
“Enns was especially impressive vocally, showing a large, expressive voice from his opening aria.”
Tenor Christopher Enns appears with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra singing the title role in excerpts from Bernstein’s Candide Suite. The concert takes place on Saturday April 1 at 8pm at The Capitol, Windsor.
Christopher Enns sings Jealousy/Soldier in Charpentier’s Medea with performances running from April 22 through 29 at the Elgin Theatre. Opera Atelier returns to Versailles with this special production in May.
“fresh from its resounding success with Armide in Versailles, France, late last year, [Opera Atelier] has been invited back by Versailles director Laurent Brunner to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Medea.” – Toronto Star