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Canadian triple threat Spencer Britten feels at home in both the Operatic and Musical Theatre repertoire. His recent projects have allowed him to enjoy the utilization of his extensive dance and opera training. Recently, Spencer has been a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival and L'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. 

In the 2020/21 season Spencer will join the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. Performances include roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, Der Rosenkavalier, La bohème, La Traviata, Salome, and La fanciulla del west. He also joined Neue Stimmen for their Masterclass series which moved to an online format at the end of October. 


Highlights from his 2019-2020 season, include Triquet in Eugene Onegin at Opéra de Montréal where he was praised for his "clear and powerful voice" (Bachtrack) and his ability to portray "a mannered French aristocrat, hilarious stereotype whom [Spencer] embodied with genius." Combining his love for classical music and dance made his first ever Carmina Burana  with Les Grands Ballet a major highlight. Spencer also competed in the final rounds of the Neue Stimmen International Voice Competition in Gütersloh, Germany and debuted in Versailles , France as Léon in The Ghosts of Versailles at (Château de Versailles Spectacles/ The Royal Opera of Versailles.)

Spencer has been a winner/recipient  of The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation For Young Canadian Opera Singers, 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. He thanks the generous opera communities of Vancouver and Montreal for their constant support.

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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."

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

& 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.

Marianne Charland Photography


"...sang with the poise and confidence of a seasoned professional."


"The scene was tasty, and this young man is a born actor. We already know that he will go far"

          -Ludwig Van Montreal

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Up Next


This Winter Season, Spencer will debut online with Against the Grain Theatre's Messiah/Complex. Spencer is one of twelve diverse Canadian soloists performing this bold interpretation of Handel's Messiah.

"The daring, seventy-minute filmed performance of Messiah/Complex will showcase multilingual translations, and feature a diverse cast of soloists and choirs from every Province and Territory across Canada, accompanied by the exceptional sounds of the TSO and conducted by Johannes Debus (Canadian Opera Company).


Messiah/Complex is co-directed by the Founding Artistic Director of AtG, Joel Ivany, and Banff Centre’s Director of Indigenous Arts, Reneltta Arluk.


Messiah/Complex features an array of diverse and superb Canadian voices, including Jonathon Adams (AB), Looee Arreak (NU), Jully Black (ON), Spencer Britten (BC), Rihab Chaieb (QC), Deantha Edmunds (NL), Leela Gilday (NT), Miriam Khalil (ON), Andrea Lett (SK), Diyet Van Lieshout (YT), Julie Lumsden (MB) and Elliot Madore (ON); featured choirs include Le Choeur Louisbourg (NB), the Halifax Camerata Singers (NS), the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (ON), and the University of Prince Edward Island Chamber Chorus (PEI).

Fusing diverse choral traditions and voices from every Provinces and Territory in Canada with one of the most enduring classical works of all time, Messiah/Complex is one way for AtG to share the stories of these incredible Canadian artists—and to celebrate the varied and beautiful places that they call home—with audiences across our nation, and beyond, this holiday season."

Live Watch Party: December 13th

+Streaming until January 7th.

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Spencer was fortunate to make his Germany Debut as the Offizier in Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Unter den Linden. However, during this time, many productions still await confirmation or cancellation due to COVID-19. All potential projects are still listed on the Calendar Page linked below. Wishing everyone health and safety during these uncertain times.

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​​

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

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


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