FELIX KEMP – BIOGRAPHY
“Felix Kemp’s plangent, doomed Pierrot makes a particular impression”
Gramophone, January 2020
Felix Kemp makes his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in the 2019/20 season as A Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo. This season Felix will perform Don Fernando in Fidelio with Lyric Opera, Dublin and cover El Dancaïro in Carmen at English National Opera. Recent roles include Novice’s Friend (Cover) in Billy Budd for ROH, Malatesta (Cover) in Don Pasquale for Welsh National Opera and Giove in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera.
Felix has performed roles with British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera, New Sussex Opera, Opera Holland Park, OperaUpClose and Wexford Festival Opera. His roles include Spencer Coyle (Owen Wingrave), title role Eugene Onegin, Masetto (Don Giovanni), and Melot (Tristan und Isolde).
On the concert platform, highlights this season include an Israeli tour of Mozart’s Requiem with The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, J.S. Bach St. John Passion (Christus) at Sunderland Minster, Richard Blackford’s Pietà at St. Albans Cathedral, Handel Messiah in Leicester with Charivari Agréable, Haydn Creation with Highgate Choral Society, Haydn Nelson Mass at Lichfield Cathedral, Mendelssohn Elijah at Arundel Cathedral and an open-air gala concert at Leeds Castle with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent concert performances include J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion at Southwark Cathedral, J.S. Bach St. John Passion at St. Albans Cathedral, Beethoven 9th Symphony at Cadogan Hall, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Mendelssohn Elijah at Lincoln Cathedral and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem at Truro Cathedral.
On the recital platform, this season Felix performs as part of the opening recital of the London Song Festival, gives two recitals with Sholto Kynoch for Oxford Lieder in a programme including Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge and songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and gives a lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House Crush Room. A Britten-Pears Young Artist, at Snape Maltings Felix has performed Wolf Lieder and appeared in masterclasses with Antonio Pappano as part of the European Network of Opera Adademies at the Aldeburgh Festival. Felix performed the role of Felix in scenes from Tom Coult’s opera Violet with the Britten Sinfonia for Jerwood Opera at Snape Maltings.
Felix Kemp’s recordings include Pierrot in Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante (Retrospect Opera) and The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion (Somm). Broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.
Following private studies in London, Felix continued his postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban, generously supported by the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. His awards include First Prize at the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition, Second Prize at the London Song Festival’s British Art Song Competition and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr Award for English Song. Felix is very grateful to Mike Stone, Christopher Ball, Jeffrey Benton and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their generous support.
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