FELIX KEMP – BIOGRAPHY

Praised by the Guardian for his “appealing baritone”, Felix Kemp is in demand on the operatic stage, concert and recital platforms, and in the recording studio. His singing has been described as “plangent” (Gramophone), “stentorian” (Opera Magazine) and “phrased with elegance” (The Stage). A Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Momentum Emerging Artist, Felix was a finalist in the International Handel Singing Competition. This season Felix performs the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte for Oxford Opera and he makes his debut with Welsh National Opera, creating the role of Adham in the world première of Will Todd’s Migrations.

As soloist on the concert platform, this season Felix debuts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Schubert Lieder (orchestrated by Brahms) and performs Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at Saffron Hall and Verdi’s Requiem at Winchester Cathedral. Felix sings as part of a gala concert at Leeds Castle with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In recital, Felix sings for the Oxford Lieder Festival (Carnival of the Animals), the opening recital of the London Song Festival (Baudelaire – An Obsession with Hedonism), concerts alongside baritone Roderick Williams as part of the initiative Momentum: Our Future Now (The Great Outdoors), and a song programme for the Rye Arts Festival with pianist Simon Lepper (Bright is the Ring of Words).

This season Felix records the role of Juan in Joseph Phibbs’ opera Juliana for the Resonus label as well as music by Robert Fürstenthal for Toccata Classics. He performs new music by Luke Styles alongside Britten’s Canticles for the Cheltenham and Presteigne festivals. Felix is especially grateful to Pamela Kuhn and to Nick Secker for their extremely generous support.

In opera, roles covered include Novice’s Friend Billy Budd for Royal Opera, Malatesta Don Pasquale for Welsh National Opera and Dancaïro Carmen for English National Opera. Felix has performed the roles of Giove La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera, Eugene Onegin (title role) for OperaUpClose, Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata (Young Artist) for Opera Holland Park, Gaoler Tosca for English Touring Opera, Melot Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera and Le Brigadier Le pré aux clercs for Wexford Festival Opera. Felix had been due to make his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in the 2019/20 season as A Flemish Deputy in Verdi Don Carlo but this was lost to the pandemic.

Prior to this, engagements included a Crush Room recital at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Don Fernando Fidelio for Lyric Opera, Dublin; Bach’s Lutheran Mass and Mozart’s Requiem on tour with The Israel Camerata Jerusalem; Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Lichfield Cathedral and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Arundel and Lincoln cathedrals. Additional highlights include Bach’s St. John Passion (St Albans and Coventry cathedrals), St. Matthew Passion (Southwark Cathedral), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Cadogan Hall), Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light (Bath Abbey) and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at Truro Cathedral.

Recordings include the roles of Pierrot in Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante (Retrospect) and The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion (SOMM). Broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.

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