There are glimmers of hope with signs of companies planning for re-opening with live audiences! Colin's season begins with some online events but also plans for in-person concerts. Concerts this year are in the Okanagan Valley, BC for a recital tour with Laura Loewen on piano, Opera Atelier’s online presentation of ANGEL in Toronto, The Merry Widow in Calgary, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Rhode Island with more to come!
Back to work! Colin has put together a recital entitled Solatium for Pacific Opera Victoria to be streamed beginning April 16, 2021. Works include Vaughan-Williams’ Along the Field, Britten’s Holy Sonnets of John Donne and a new commissioned work by Jeffrey Ryan, The Length of a Day. Details will be posted on POV’s website!
The reviews are in! Colin achieved a huge success with his performance of Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Seattle Opera.
"...The profound self-reflective pathos of this aria was made more moving through Ainsworth’s exquisite vocal control, launching the second verse with a haunting, clean-lined pianissimo.” – Operawire.com
After his successful debut with Seattle Opera as Steuermann in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, Colin returns as Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, based on the novel of Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin. Performance dates are Jan 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 24, & 25, 2020. More information including cast, photos, and sound recordings can be found at www.seattleopera.org
Colin will reprise the role of Don Ottavio in Opera Atelier’s production of Mozart’s beloved opera Don Giovanni. The cast includes Gustav Andreassen, Mireille Asselin, Stephen Hegedus, Carla Huhtanen, Olivier Laquerre, Meghan Lindsay, and Douglas Williams. The show opens October 31 and run until November 9. Single tickets will be available for purchase August 13 at Opera Atelier.
Colin has been invited to make his debut at the Oregon Bach Festival performing in a number of concerts including Mozart’s Requiem with Jane Glover conducting, Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet with John Nelson conducting, and C.P.E. Bach’s Magniﬁcat with John Butt conducting. Details can be found at the Oregon Bach Festival.
A new recording of the music of Derek Holman has just been released! This new CD comprises of pieces written specifically for Colin Ainsworth as early as 2004 to most recently in 2012. A Lasting Spring (2004) and The Death of Orpheus (2005) were commissioned by and performed with the Aldeburgh Connection in their recital series. The second piece, The Death of Orpheus, was also performed at the Nikki Goldschmidt memorial concert given at Roy Thompson Hall. The most recent composition, A Play of Passion (2012) was requested by Mr. Ainsworth himself. Also on the disc, is the Variations on a Melody by Doctor Arne (1999) for two pianos featuring Bruce Ubukata and Stephen Ralls.
Hear Colin on YouTube singing Britten’s Sally Gardens, Holman’s The Burning of the Leaves, Liszt’s Benedetto sia ‘l giorno, Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice, Schubert’s Am Feierabend and Das Wandern. Also, hear Colin belt out the American and Canadian National Anthems at the Edmonton Oilers - Nashville Predators hockey game.