Press
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Soloist - Messiah/Complex
Against the Grain Theatre

"His performance was oozing with mirth and personality"

- Opera Canada

"joyously proclaiming that ev'ry valley shall be exalted"

- The New York Times

"...tenor Spencer Britten contributes a deliciously sly Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, wicked black stilettos and stylish concert garb unveiled, footwear and apparel an emphatic statement of character"

- Opera Going Toronto

"In this new context of a montage recorded across a continent, some of the lines really jump out....  “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted.” It’s about big change coming, the valleys lifted, the hills brought low, “the crooked straight and the rough places plain.” Tenor Spencer Britten sings it in front of the rainbow sidewalk in Vancouver’s Davie Street Village, dashing in a tux and spike-heel boots."

- Macleans

"The opening recitative “Comfort Ye” with luminous tenor Spencer Britten (British Columbia) was a telling case in point. The closest element to moving toward a collective re-thinking about our relationships with each other comes early in the line “that her iniquity is pardoned.” Even though the whole Messiah/Complex project was going to raise many of the uncomfortable feelings we have on all sides of the colonial issue, there was going to be at least an atmosphere of forgiveness behind all of it in this production, so that as a nation we could consider how best to move forward. These were some of the most constructive seconds I have experienced in any art form on this topic and led Britten to sing a robust and joyful “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted” as an affirmation of individual identity."
- Ludwig Van Toronto

"Tenor Spencer Britten (British Columbia) and his joyful Comfort ye, my people happens in the middle of Vancouver’s Davie Village, flanked by rainbow-painted crosswalks and his high-heel boots."

- The Globe & Mail

"un ténor gay, aux origines chinoises, qui  chante quant à lui du Haendel, dans les rues de Vancouver, vêtu d’un costume classique et chaussé de talons aiguilles de 15 centimètres de haut…"

-France Musique

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Masterclass-
Brigitte Fassbaender

“Eine besondere Begabung ist der kanadische Tenor Spencer Britten, der sich mit einer extrem schweren Arie des Lindoro als “geborener Rossini-Tenor" entpuppte, der die Belcantophrasen und Sehnsuchtsseufzer elegant und innig sang.”

  • Ulrike Längle —> Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

 

“The Canadian tenor Spencer Britten is particularly talented. With an extremely difficult aria by Lindoro, he turned out to be a “born Rossini tenor" who sang the belcanto phrases and sighs of longing elegantly and intimately.”

-Translated from - Ulrike Längle —> Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

“Da ist der kanadisch-chinesische Tenor Spencer Britten, der als "geborener Rossini-Tenor" mit blitzenden Koloraturen und mühelosen Hochtönen aufwartet.”

- Katharina von Glasenapp —> Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

 

“There is the Canadian-Chinese tenor Spencer Britten, who is a "born Rossini tenor" with flashing coloratura and effortless high tones.”

-Translated from  - Katharina von Glasenapp —> Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

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Portrait:

Spencer Britten

With Véronique Gauthier for l'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal

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

MEssiah/

Complex

Artist Spotlight

“In Messiah/Complex, I’m performing Every Valley… I kick off the whole thing. The concept for the film developed in a super organic way— I love the way that Joel encourages artists in the creative process. He let me express myself. Who is Spencer, and how do we represent that in this piece?“

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Léon - The Ghosts of Versailles
The Glimmerglass Festival

"Canadian tenor Spencer Britten and New York soprano Emily Misch are both bright-sounding Glimmerglass Young Artists. Their performances exemplified young love and the triumph of that love over the desires of a parent (Count Almaviva) who wants a different outcome for his personal advantage.

Britten, who is in his second season as a Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist previously performed as one of the French soldiers in “Silent Night”. Britten is one of the Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists who has pursued the performance level dancing that the Festival’s General Director Francesca Zambello strongly encourages, playing the Jet, Gee-Tar, in last season’s production of Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and a dancer in this season’s production of Kern’s “Show Boat”.

- Opera Warhorses

"Tenor Spencer Britten imbued his impersonation of Leon with bright toned delivery and a loveable puppy dog deportment."

- Opera Today

"...the bright-voiced, eager Spencer Britten" - Seen and Heard International

"...tenor Spencer Britten and coloratura Emily Misch brought charm and liveliness to their roles."

-broadwayworld.com

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Triquet - Eugene Onegin
Opéra de Montréal

"Le jeune ténor Spencer Britten, membre de l’Atelier lyrique de l’OdeM, a beaucoup de succès auprès de l’auditoire avec son amusante interprétation de Monsieur Triquet, aristocrate français maniéré, hilarant stéréotype qu’il incarne avec génie. La scène est savoureuse, et ce jeune homme est un acteur né. On sait déjà qu’il ira loin." -Ludwig Van Montreal

"The young tenor Spencer Britten (one of three members of the OdM’s highly successful training school, Atelier lyrique, in this production) gave a felicitous turn as Monsieur Triquet while pulling off a few magical tricks to delight the ball’s attendees as well as the audience." - ConcertoNet

"All hail Monsieur Triquet! Serving a perfect French pronounciation in an otherwise completely Russian opera, tenor Spencer Britten had this charismatic stage presence and assurance in this role. A current member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal,  he's career already includes impressive highlights including recent performances with the Orchestre de l'Agora and at the Glimmerglass Festival. He's also killing it on the gram so make sure to check that out." - Opera with Pearls

"Spencer Britten (Canada) stands out in the role of Monsieur Triquet, sweetly serenading Tatyana for her name day celebration while performing magic tricks."

-Montreal Theatre Hub

"...une voix claire et puissante et une aisance scénique certaine." - Bachtrack

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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal

"Et par la force du nombre, les plus petits gestes ont pu prendre une impressionnante puissance, devenant même magnifiques lorsque le ténor canadien Spencer Britten s’est mêlé à la compagnie le temps de pousser quelques notes."  - Journal de Montreal

"Mon coup de cœur est allé au ténor Spencer Britten qui a brillamment interprété un mémorable « Olim lacus colueram », aria dit du « cygne rôti »

- atuvu.ca

"3 solistes exceptionnels. Le spectacle est majestueux tant du point de vue musical que dansé." - Pieuvre.ca

 "Tenor Spencer Britten, who impressed as Monsieur Triquet in last month’s Eugene Onegin, sang the goose with full voice and ringing tone"

La Scena Musicale magazine

"3 solistes renommés : la soprano Aline Kutan, le ténor Spencer Britten et le baryton Dominique Côté. Une production magistrale, au signe de l'excellence!" - Patwhite.com

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Léon - The Ghosts of Versailles
ChÂteau de Versailles

The leading young couple, Florestine and Leon (the two children had respectively and separately by the Count and the Countess) must also cover a very wide vocal range, even in the vibrating freshness of Emily Misch and the sweet clarity of a very young passionate gentleman, Spencer Britten (two young voices already well spotted across the Atlantic: from New York for the soprano and Montreal for the tenor.)
- Translated from Ôlyrix review

Le couple de jeunes premiers, tendres amants, Florestine et Léon (les deux enfants qu'ont eus respectivement et séparément le Comte et la Comtesse) doivent eux aussi asseoir une très large palette vocale, même dans la fraîcheur vibrionnante d'Emily Misch et la suave clarté d'un très jeune gentilhomme passionné, Spencer Britten (deux jeunes voix déjà bien repérées outre-Atlantique : par New York pour la soprano et Montréal pour le ténor).
- Ôlyrix

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