June 2020 Artiste Of The Month – Alasdair Kent
by on July 1, 2020 in Artistes Blog

Alasdair Kent – Australian International Tenor Vocalist

There was nothing stopping this amazing Artiste during the pandemic! Finding himself back home in Perth, International Tenor, Alasdair Kent, saw an opportunity to record an album at Artisan Music during the downtime. His intention is to donate the proceeds of the sales to a couple of international funds set up to help fellow artists who have also lost their income!

“Sound[ing] to the bel canto born with his evenly-produced tenor, refined technique and intense expressiveness,” (Opera News) and with a “voice so beautiful.. it’s like listening to sunshine,” (Opera-Világ) Australian tenor Alasdair Kent is gaining notice throughout the world for his “serious bel canto credentials.. with finesse in the melismatic pyrotechnics and a lyrical legato tone up to some very high notes” (Washington Classical Review).

Following his European debut with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Il cavaliere Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims, Mr. Kent’s international career has seen critically acclaimed debuts across Europe, the United States and Australia. For the season 2020-21, he makes his role debut as Arturo in I puritani, a pinnacle of the tenor repertoire, with Ópera de Oviedo in Emilio Sagi’s production. He returns to the Israeli Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production, and sings concert performances at La Seine Musicale and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg with Insula Orchestra in their program, Magic Mozart. Mr Kent will also perform as Il conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a central role of his repertoire, for performances with Oper Köln, with the Komische Oper Berlin, and also in his house debut at Opernhaus Zürich.

In 2019-20, Mr. Kent’s performances included Il conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Theater Basel, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Royal Opera House Muscat. He made his house debut with the Teatro Regio di Torino, reprising the role of Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto. Performances as Fenton in Falstaff for Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, as Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Opéra National de Bordeaux, and as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni on tour in Israel with Les Musiciens du Louvre were all sadly cancelled due to the viral pandemic. He was also to sing in Magic Mozart, an enchanted cabaret with Insula Orchestra conducted by Laurence Equilbey in La Seine Musicale.

 Performances in 2018-19 included his role debut as Argirio in Tancredi with the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, as Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto for the Festival della Valle d’Itria. He sang Ferrando in Così fan tutte in performances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Israeli Opera, and with the Rete Lirica delle Marche, and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with the Hungarian State Opera. On the concert stage, he appeared as first tenor soloist in performances of Rossini’s Messa di Gloria with the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn. Mr. Kent also featured as Prince Frederic in the world premiere recording of Poul Ruders’ new opera The Thirteenth Child on Bridge Records.

The 2017-18 season included performances as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, in revivals for Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, Opéra de Toulon, and the Hungarian State Opera. In the United States, he sang with Opera Philadelphia as Angel 3/John in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, and with Portland Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. The tenor also made his company debut with the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli as Mambre in Mosè in Egitto, in performances celebrating the 200th anniversary of that opera’s premiere in Naples. Previous season highlights included concerts with The Dallas Opera, and in gala concert at Carnegie Hall for the Licia Albanese-Puccini and the Gerda Lissner Foundations.

The tenor has won First Prizes in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award, the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, and both First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Academy of Vocal Arts’ Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. He was also awarded the Marten Bequest by the Australia Council, one of Australia’s most important artistic awards.

Mr. Kent is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where his roles included Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He is a proud alumnus of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program, the Merola Opera Program, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, and spent two seasons with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist.

 

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