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Spencer
Britten

Tenor.Dancer.Actor

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ABOUT

ME!

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Spencer Britten is a Chinese-Canadian artist “oozing with mirth and personality” (Opera Canada) from Vancouver, British Columbia. His accomplishments in Opera & Musical Theatre have led him to performances internationally with companies including Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Royal Opera Versailles, Bregenzer Festspiele, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opéra de Montréal, The Atlanta Opera, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 

Recent acclaimed performances include Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri (Bregenzer Festspiele)
and Janek in Claus Guth’s new production of The Makropulos Case (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) where he gave “great emotional spectrum” (Vorarlberg Nachrichten) and “[won] the sympathy of the audience” (Die Welt.)

 

Spencer also appeared in the critically acclaimed Messiah/Complex with Against the Grain Theatre, representing the queer and Asian communities in this all-Canadian take on Handel’s Messiah.

 

The 2022/23 engagements include homecoming performances with Vancouver Opera and City Opera Vancouver, alongside performances with, Opera Atelier, Edmonton Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, & Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 

Spencer was recently a finalist in the Edmonton Opera Rumbold Vocal Prize (3rd Prize,) as well as the Opera Crown Tbilisi International Voice Competition. He has been a winner/recipient  of The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation For Young Canadian Opera Singers Grant, The Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant, The Vancouver Opera Chorus Endowment Career Development Grant, The Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarship for the Advanced Music Study, and The Barbara Eves-Motomochi Memorial Fund. 

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With Véronique Gauthier about artistic endeavours and L'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal.

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"In a sunlit studio at the Atelier lyrique, we got to know the young Rossinian tenor Spencer Britten, originally from Vancouver."

& Performance

With  Michael Lewis at Wear Yellow Proudly

about the experiences Lyndsey Britten and I had growing up as mixed Chinese - Canadian performers in the Performing Arts.

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Photo: Jacy Eberlein

Rumbold winner sings in Edmonton Opera's Home for the Holidays

A shifting industry is paving the way for audiences and performers to be themselves

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“...a "born Rossini tenor" with flashing coloratura and effortless high notes.”
- (translated from) Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

"The scene was tasty, and this young man is a born actor. We already know that he will go far"
          -(translated from) Ludwig Van Montreal

Upcoming

Up Next

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Spencer is thrilled to be returning home to Vancouver singing Lysander in Vancouver Opera's production of 

A Midsummer Night's Dream.

This is a special homecoming for Spencer as he started working with Vancouver Opera in the children's chorus of Turandot  in 2005. He then continued on with the company in his first principal role EVER as Fleance in Macbeth. During his studies, he also sang in the chorus which included features such as Older Brother in 

Dead Man Walking and as one of the guards in Act III of Turandot (full circle moment!) Now he gets to return to the company as a lead...and not just in any opera...a family opera! Being a descendant of composer Benjamin Britten, makes this return to Vancouver Opera a very meaningful one!

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Performances lost due to COVID-19:

  • Petrarch Sonnets (Liszt) - Concert Cycles 
       - L'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal

  • Snowboy - West Side Story (Bernstein)
       - Teatro Lirico di Cagliari  (Italian Debut)

  • Tamino (Cover) - Die Zauberflöte  (Mozart)
       - Opéra de Montréal

  • Rick - I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky  (Adams)
       - Cincinnati May Festival (Cincinnati Debut)

  • Soloist - Grande Première des Futures Étoiles
       -
    Fondation de la Place des Arts

  • Ubaldo - Armida (Haydn)
       - Bregenzer Festspiele (Austrian Debut)

  • Snowboy (+Baby John Cover) - West Side Story  (Bernstein)
       - Opera Nacional de Chile (South American Debut)

  • Heinrich der Schreiber - Tannhäuser (Wagner)​​
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden​​

  • First Priest - Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden

  • Haushofmeister bei Faninal - Der Rosenkavalier (R.Strauss)
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden

  • 4th Jude - Salome (R.Strauss)
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden

  • Borsa - Rigoletto (Verdi)
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden

  • Soloist - Coronation Mass (Mozart)
       - Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

  • Gastone - La Traviata (Verdi)
       - Staatsoper Unter den Linden

  • Lindoro - L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
       - Bregenzer Festspiele (House and Role Debut)

  • Seigen - The Scarlet Princess (Louie)
       - The Governor General Performing Arts Award - Canada​​

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