Emerging Artist Profile:
Rain Saran Senavinin

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Countertenor
Province/Territory: Québec
City: Montreal

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Nerone: "L'incoronazione di Poppea"

I am studying about the opera I am playing "L'incoronazione di Poppea" in every aspects including history, libretto, composition style of Monteverdi and performance practice around that time, understanding the character I am playing (Nerone). And then I will start learning the music.

As my voice and technique is becoming secure and solid, I feel ready to go further to expand my connection in Canada and start learning opera roles that suits my voice in an environment that will shape me to a professional standard with the help of high-standard singers and coaches which I believe I can find in this program with Opera NUOVA which is highly praised by my colleagues. I am intrigued to be in these well-rounded classes that are essential for high-standard singers and to perform new roles in a full production with the orchestra.

Artist Bio

Rain Saran Senavinin is a Thai countertenor with virtuosic flexibility melded with beauty of tone and passionate stagecraft. Currently based in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Rain’s genre-transcending versatility spans five centuries in performances across Canada, England, Singapore, Vietnam, and his native Thailand. Rain has performed many touchstones of the classic Baroque repertoire with Montréal’s Cappella antica. Other operatic roles as a former baritone include Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, Häsch in Schubert’s Sakuntala, Dancaïre in Carmen, and Sciarrone in Tosca. Upcoming roles include Nerone in Händel’s Agrippina, Dido in a gender-bent Dido & Aeneas and songs by Viardot and Malibran with Rainbow Reels and Opéra Queens. Performances of concert repertoire include innovative projects such as the Chez Pauline Viardot recital commemorating both McGill and Pauline Viardot-García’s 2021 Bicentennials funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Opéra McGill’s Shakespeare Serenade directed by Patrick Hansen, and “Raising Asian Voices” with McGill’s Post-Graduate Student Society. Contemporary performances include Wild Grass on the Riverbank, My Beloved, and Collage written by three Juilliard composers; the world premiere of Sun Young Park’s My Beloved; Novice in Mae Naak, Lord Munemori in   Dan No Ura, and Tvashtra in Nemiraj, all by International Wagner Society Award-winning Thai composer S. P. Somtow; and Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix sopranica with Schulich Music’s Contemporary Music Ensemble under the baton of Guillaume Bourgogne. Further performances include appearances for the HRH Princesses Marie-Esmeralda of Belgium, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, and Soamsavali of Thailand; the Embassies of Spain, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom; the Grand Opera of Thailand; and NUNi Productions Thailand. Rain holds a Master of Music in Early Music Performance from the prestigious Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal where his coaches included Professor Dominique Labelle, Stephen Hargreaves, and Suzie Leblanc. Other mentors include Stefan Sanchez, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition Winner Kahchun Wong. Prior to that, Rain completed a Bachelor of Music at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Rain’s further training includes the Asia/America New Music Institute, Grand Opera Thailand, Opera Siam, and public masterclasses for international audiences with Ailyn Pérez. Rain was also one of only a few singers to receive a scholarship to study 16th-17th century Bovicelli diminution at the Musikademie Schloss Weißenbrunn. He was a semi-finalist at the Premiere Opera Foundation & NYIOP International Vocal Competition. He was recently an emerging artist of Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance under the guidance of renowned artists including Jonathon Adams, Susie Napper, Lucas Harris, Chase Hopkins and Jory Vinikour. Rain’s 2022 engagements include New Opera 101/Songbook XI with Tapestry Opera, Nerone in Opera NUOVA’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea and Triquet in Eugene Onegin with Opera Queens.