"A singer of wide, lustrous tone and striking dramatic prowess"
"Kennedy's rapt tenor attended the words like they were the first and last he would utter."
"Kennedy is a singer with fine powers of definition, whether of notes or words"
"Kennedy's singing is always expressive...a knockout."
Andrew Kennedy studied at King's College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he performed many solo principal roles. He won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists' Award in 2006, and was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.
Upcoming engagements include his return to Opera North in the role of Tichon Katya Kabanova, and Handel’s Messiah with the Orquesta de Valencia at the Palau de la Música de València.
Major operatic roles include Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie, Opéra de Lyon); Vere Billy Budd and Quint The Turn of the Screw (Houston Grand Opera); Tito La Clemenza di Tito (Opéra de Lyon, Oper Frankfurt); Tamino The Magic Flute (English National Opera and Opéra Toulon); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and a staged Messiah (Opera National de Lyon); Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Welsh National Opera); Almaviva The Barber of Seville (ENO and WNO); Fenton The Merry Wives of Windsor (ENO) Flute A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Opera House); Jacquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival and LSO); Ferrando Così fan tutte (Teatro Reggio di Torino, Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino L'elisir d'amore (Opera North); Flamand Capriccio (Grange Park Opera); Baron Lummer Intermezzo (Buxton Festival); Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and title role Oedipus Rex (Den Norske Opera) and Max in a French version of Der Freischütz (Opéra Comique, BBC Proms).
Some notable concert highlights include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Netherlands Philharmonic/Sir Colin Davis); Bach’s St. John Passion (AAM/Egarr, King's College Choir/Cleobury, Polyphony/Layton); Orfeo in Haydn’s Orfeo e Euridice (Boston Handel and Haydn Society/Sir Roger Norrington); Tobia Il Ritorna di Tobia (OAE/Norrington); Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten (Bamberg Symphoniker/Norrington); Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (BBC Philharmonic/Noseda, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, OAE/Sir Mark Elder); Mozart’s Requiem and Young Man in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (LPO/Jurowski); Orff’s Carmina Burana (LPO/Hans Graf); Handel’s Il Trionfo (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonia/Esa Pekka Salonen, RLPO/Gatti, BBC NOW/Thierry Fisher, Musikkollegium Winterthur/Boyd and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra); Handel’s Messiah (Tonhalle, Zürich); Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts (LPO/Tortelier) and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Hallé Orchestra/Elder). Performances of Britten include Nocturne (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Atherton and a studio recording for the BBC), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (St Louis Symphony Orchestra/Robertson, CBSO, and live broadcasts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Nash Ensemble/Edward Gardner), Les Illuminations (Edinburgh International Festival/Scottish Ensemble) and Spring Symphony (BBC NOW/Atherton).
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