PC: Brent Calis
“Physically alluring, his acting was both organic and expressive, his characterization compelling and layered and his command of musical idiom, phrasing and Italian diction exemplary. He also produced a vocal performance of awe-inspiring beauty…and effortless power and accuracy.”
World Management: IMG
The Grand Prize Winner of the OSM Standard Life Competition (2011) and First Prize and People’s Choice Award recipient of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition (2012), Canadian bass-baritone Gordon Bintner appears internationally in a wide-range of operatic and concert repertoire.
This season, Gordon Bintner returns to the Oper Frankfurt as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ariodate in Serse, a Sergeant in Manon Lescaut and Albert in Werther, having performed Escamillo in Carmen and Plunkett in Martha last season with the company. Future projects include debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Paris Opera and a return to the Canadian Opera Company, all in leading roles.
Last season Mr. Bintner returned to both his home companies, first to the Canadian Opera Company for the title-role in Eugene Onegin, then to the Oper Frankfurt for new productions of Smetana’s Dalibor(Vladislav) and of Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang (Count), along with revivals of Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin), Rinaldo (Argante), Le Nozze di Figaro (Count) and Die Zauberflöte (Papageno). He was also seen as Phorbas in Enesco’s Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival. In concert, Mr. Bintner sang Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and its Music Director, Alexander Shelley.
Prior to that Mr. Bintner returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore as well as to the Oper Frankfurt in three new productions: first as the Count in Brigitte Fassbaender’s vision of Strauss’ Capriccio; as Gorianchikov in David Hermann’s production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead and finally as Bogdanovich in Claus Guth’s new Merry Widow. Mr. Bintner finished the season by returning to Canada for Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opéra de Québec and in a joint recital with his wife Simone Osborne in Ottawa.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season included the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni with Opéra de Montréal and Festival de Beaune, Christus in Bach’s Matthäus Passion and Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Chorèbe in Les Troyens with Oper Frankfurt and Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia at the Salzburger Festspiele.
In 2015/16, Bintner made debuts at Osterfestspiele Salzburg as Araldo in Otello with Christian Thielemann, Michigan Opera Theatre as Papageno in The Magic Flute, Manitoba Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also made appearances with the COC Ensemble Studio (of which he was a member), including the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. He has previously worked with Kent Nagano as Junior in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Montreal Symphony Orchestra (a commercial recording of it was released by Decca), and made his role debuts as Lescaut in Manon at Opéra de Montréal, Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Bill in A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern and Herr Basilio in Der Barbier von Sevilla with Salzburger Festpiele’s Young Singers Project. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantatas BWV 147, 75 and 164 with Montreal Symphony Orchestra.