Asitha Tennekoon


Sri Lankan tenor Asitha Tennekoon is a recent Graduate of both Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of Music, and has quickly established himself as one of Canada’s most impressive, versatile singing artists. He drew critical acclaim as Paul in Scottish Opera/Tapestry Opera’s Rocking Horse Winner, receiving the 2016 Dora Award for Best Male Performance. For his performance in the 2019 world premiere of Shanawdithit (Nolan/Burry) with Tapestry Opera, Ian Ritchie of Opera Going Toronto wrote: “Tennekoon’s savage depiction of vicious racist magistrate and merchant John Peyton is nothing less than harrowing.”

Highlights for Mr. Tennekoon’s concert performances this season include tenor soloist in the world premiere of Stephanie Martin’s “The Sun, the Wind, and the Man in the Cloak” with Pax Christi Chorale, performances of Messiah with Regina Symphony Orchestra and Grand Philharmonic Choir, and Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal.

Asitha expands his repertoire of new works in the double-bill of Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/Gállábártnit, sung and narrated in Indigenous languages Cree and Sami, rooted in traditional legends from Canada and Nordic countries, and reprises the leading role in Tapestry Opera’s The Rocking Horse Winner in 2020.

Recent concert performances for Mr. Tennekoon include Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Ottawa Choral Society, Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers, as well as Coronation Anthems/Mass in Time of War with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and St. Matthew Passion with Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Asitha debuted with Opéra de Montréal as Luis Griffith in Champion, and has sung leading roles with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Opera Five, and starred as Polidoro in Scarlatti’s Ernani with Opera Lafayette in Washington and New York. Asitha joined the cast of Morris Panych/James Rolfe’s acclaimed The Overcoat, a co-production with Tapestry Opera, Canadian Stage Company and Vancouver Opera.