FELIX KEMP – BIOGRAPHY
Praised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone” and recently awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp’s current highlights include the title role in Elijah at Arundel Cathedral, bass arias in Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Southwark Cathedral and the role of Giove in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera. Felix will perform the role of The Chief in Odaline de la Martinez’s opera Imoinda, and will perform music by Handel and Haydn at Lichfield Cathedral, a baroque programme with Highgate Choral Society and Bach’s Magnificat with the University of Plymouth Choral Society.
Recent operatic engagements include the roles of The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera at Cadogan Hall, Felix in Tom Coult’s Devil in The Belfry with the Britten Sinfonia as part of Jerwood Opera at Snape Maltings, Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata as an Opera Holland Park Young Artist, and the title role in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose.
Operatic roles include Masetto (Don Giovanni) for British Youth Opera, Jailer (Tosca) and Noah/George Putnam 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.
On the recital platform, Felix has recently performed music by Bernstein as part of the London Song Festival and as a Britten-Pears Young Artist he has performed lieder by Hugo Wolf at Snape Maltings.
2018 sees the release of two commercial recordings featuring Felix Kemp: the role of Pierrot in Dame Ethel’s Smyth’s Fête Galante with Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez (Retrospect), and the role of The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion with New Sussex conducted by Toby Purser (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 The Merry Opera Company directed by John Ramster. Additional concert highlights include Bach St John Passion and B Minor Mass at Coventry Cathedral, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in Paris (Ensemble Zene), Bach St Matthew Passion and Magnificat with the Hull Bach Choir, Handel Judas Maccabaeus in Bordeaux (Ensemble Sagittarius) and John Rutter 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 Christopher Ball, Jeffrey Benton and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their generous support.
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