FELIX KEMP – BIOGRAPHY
“Felix Kemp’s lyric baritone made an excellent impression”
Opera Magazine, January 2019
Praised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone” and awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp’s current highlights include the roles of Novice’s Friend (Cover) in Billy Budd at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Malatesta (Cover) in Don Pasquale for Welsh National Opera and Giove in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera. Felix Kemp will make his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in 2020 as A Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo.
Concert highlights this season include an Israeli tour of J.S. Bach Lutheran Mass and Mozart Requiem with The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, 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 and Vier ernste Gesänge at Wiltshire Music Centre, Handel Messiah at Salisbury Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Haydn Nelson Mass at Lichfield Cathedral and the title role in Mendelssohn Elijah at Arundel and Lincoln Cathedrals. In 2020 Felix will perform Richard Blackford’s Pietà, co-commissioned by St. Albans Choral Society with whom he shall perform.
Operatic roles include Masetto (Don Giovanni) for British Youth Opera, Jailer (Tosca) and Noah in Russell Hepplewhite’s Silver Electra for English Touring Opera, Melot (Tristan und Isolde) for Grange Park Opera, cover Spencer Coyle (Owen Wingrave) for BYO, and Le Brigadier (Le Pré aux Clercs) for Wexford Festival Opera. Recent engagements include the roles of The Chief in Odaline de la Martinez’ Imoinda, The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera, Felix in Tom Coult’s Violet with the Britten Sinfonia as part of Jerwood Opera, Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata as an Opera Holland Park Young Artist, and the title role in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose.
On the recital platform, as a Britten-Pears Young Artist Felix has performed Wolf lieder at Snape Maltings and he explores opera arias in masterclasses with Sir Antonio Pappano as part of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. For Oxford Lieder, Felix performs two recitals with pianist Sholto Kynoch featuring Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge and songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. At the opening recital of this year’s London Song Festival, to commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, Felix shall perform a specially commissioned work by Ben Moore and Mark Campbell, alongside guest speaker Peter Tatchell.
2019 sees the release of two recordings featuring Felix Kemp: the role of Pierrot in Ethel’s Smyth’s Fête Galante(Retrospect), and the role of The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion with New Sussex Opera (Somm). Broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.
On the concert platform, Felix Kemp’s recent performances include Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light with the Southern Sinfonia at Bath Abbey, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Plymouth), and The Messiah (staged) for Merry Opera. Additional concert highlights include J.S. Bach St John Passion and B Minor Mass at Coventry Cathedral, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in Paris (Ensemble Zene), Handel Judas Maccabaeus in Bordeaux (Ensemble Sagittarius) and John Rutter’s The Reluctant Dragon at The Royal Festival Hall.
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 grateful to Mike Stone, Christopher Ball, Jeffrey Benton and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their generous support.
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