Ryan Opera Center alumnus
A native of Hawley, Minnesota, baritone Christopher Kenney spent two years with the Ryan Opera Center. Previously, he was a member of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. While there, he was heard in the title role/The Barber of Seville and also portrayed the Businessman/The Little Prince, Pa Zegner/Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up (world premiere), and the Officer/The Barber of Seville for WNO’s mainstage season at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, he was a featured soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Among other roles he has performed are Papageno/The Magic Flute, the title role/Rubinstein’s The Demon, Marullo/Rigoletto, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, and Leporello/Don Giovanni. Kenney was a 2017 apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera. He is a three-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions and winner of the 2014 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. The baritone is an alumnus of Concordia College (undergraduate), the University of Kentucky (graduate), and Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. In the summer of 2018 he performed The Old Maid and the Thief with the Grant Park Music Festival, and then appeared at Lyric Opera as Master of Ceremonies/Cendrillon and the Marquis d’Obigny/La traviata. For the 2019/20 season, Kenney sang Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Motorcycle Cop/Dead Man Walking and Registrar/Madama Butterfly.
Photo: Simon Pauly