Andrew Kennedy has enjoyed a career that has taken him to many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert halls. Following a recent and late-diagnosed tongue tension, Andrew has taken some time out to retrain and nurture a more lyric Italian tenor voice, a pleasant consequence of his vocal rehabilitation, and is very excited to be returning to the concert and opera stage during the next few months.
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. Andrew has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Prize. He is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists’ Award in 2006. He was also a member of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme.
Major operatic roles include Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress (La Scala, La Monnaie (DVD with Kazushi Ono) and Opéra de Lyon and in concert with Noseda/Stresa Festival); 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 (Opéra 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, Covent Garden); Jacquino Fidelio (Glyndebourne Festival and LSO/Sir Colin Davis); Ferrando Così fan tutte (Teatro Reggio Torino, Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Opera North); Flamand Capriccio (Grange Park Opera); Baron Lummer Intermezzo and Belfiore La Finta Giardinera (Buxton Festival); Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and Oedipus Oedipus Rex for Den Norske Opera and Max in a French version of Der Freischütz for Opéra Comique, Paris under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and at the BBC Proms.
Concert engagements include Bach St. John Passion (AAM/Egarr, King’s College Choir/Cleobury, Polyphony/Layton); Bach St. Matthew Passion (Netherlands Philharmonic/Sir Colin Davis); Orfeo in Haydn Orfeo e Euridice (Boston Handel and Haydn Society/Sir Roger Norrington); Tobia Il Ritorna di Tobia(OAE/Norrington); Haydn Die Jahreszeiten (Bamberg Symphoniker/Norrington); Haydn Die Schöpfung (BBC Philharmonic/Noseda, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, OAE/Sir Mark Elder and OAE/Fischer); Mozart Requiem(LPO/Jurowski CBSO/Nelsons); Orff Carmina Burana (LPO/Graf); Handel Il Trionfo (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Philharmonia/Esa Pekka Salonen, LPO/Gatti, BBCNOW/Thierry Fisher, Musikkollegium Winterthur/Boyd); Handel Messiah (Tonhalle and Tonkünstler orchestras, Zürich); Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts (LPO/Tortelier) Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Hallé) and Mozart 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, Helsinki Philharmonic/Sir Neville Marriner 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 (BBCNOW/Atherton). Recent appearances at the BBC Proms include Finzi Intimations of Immortality (BBCSO/Daniel); Hymnus Paradisi (BBCSO/Brabbins); a live televised performance of Sullivan The Yeoman of the Guard (BBC Concert Orchestra/Jane Glover) and Elgar Spirit ofEngland at the 2007 Last Night of the BBC Proms with Jiri Bêlohlávek
Equally passionate about song repertoire, Andrew gives numerous recitals in Europe and the UK, is a frequent performer at the Wigmore Hall, London and appears regularly with the pianists Julius Drake, Iain Burnside, Malcolm Martineau and Eugene Asti. Andrew’s fast growing discography includes six solo albums (Hyperion, Signum Classics, Landor Records, Altara and Naxos); three shared recital discs (Signum Classics and Delphian); numerous recordings for LSO live including Mozart Requiem and Francesco in Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini both with Sir Colin Davis and Novice Billy Budd with Daniel Harding; Haydn The Seven Last Words of Christ (LPO/Jurowski); Elgar The Spirit of England (BBCSO/David Lloyd Jones); Shepherd in Chausson Le Roi Arthus (BBCSO/Leon Botstein); Oebalus in Mozart Apollo & Hyacinthus and Christgeist in Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des Erstens Gebots (Classical Opera/Ian Page); John Tavener Requiem (Petrenko/RLPO for EMI); Stainer Crucifixion (Huddersfield Choral Society) and Delius Mass of Life (Bournemouth Symphony/David Hill). 2013/14 saw a further six recordings released including a disc of Vaughan Williams songs (RLPO/Paul Daniel), Bach St John Passion (AAM/Richard Egarr), Britten St Nicholas (King’s College Choir/Stephen Cleobury) and Quint The Turn of the Screw (LSO/Richard Farnes).
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Britten with a difference – there are large sections of blues, jazz, a ‘Tibetan’ chant, a Bach chorale and even a ukulele number. Britten made the hazardous journey from the United States back to England in the spring of 1942. Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Samuel West (narrator) with Ex Cathedra (Jeffrey Skidmore) and the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder)
Britten – THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Andrew Kennedy (tenor) , Sally Matthews (soprano) and Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo) feature in this LSO live recording conducted by Richard Farnes
LSO live (2013)
Martin Shaw Songs – THE AIRMEN
With Sophie Bevan (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) and Roderick Williams (baritone) accompanied by Iain Burnside (piano)