Tenor Spencer McKnight has been described as “one of the finest tenor voices” in Canada.
McKnight began singing at the age of 17. He was encouraged to pursue music by an adjudicator who heard him sing at his local music festival. His passion for music finds him frequently immersed in the music of Handel, Rossini, and Britten.
Spencer’s garnered much attention both in concert and in competition over the course of the last six years, including multiple awards at a national level, and the 2018 winner of the Gordon C. Wallis Opera Competition. Though early in his career, Spencer has had the opportunity to sing a wealth of oratorio repertoire, and had recent engagements with the Regina and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras.
Spencer recently toured with a recital program entitled Songs of the Great War. An artistic project many years in the making, the recital featured songs, both popular and art, from the World War One era, including the Canadian premieres of two songs by composer William Dennis Browne.
Spencer had the pleasure of making his international opera debut in Vicenza, Italy this past summer as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. He was reviewed as having a "clear timbre" by the Giornale di Vicenza.
Some of the exciting upcoming engagements include the North American premiere of Rebecca Dale’s Materna Requiem with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 Spencer will join his long time collaborator Mark Turner in a tour of a new recital programme called Songs of the Isles.
Spencer studied with teacher and mentor Lisa Hornung for many years, and now he studies with Toronto based vocal pedagogue Mark Daboll.
His voice is described as fresh and brassy with stratospheric high notes, Spencer is proud to be a recipient of funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.