Tenor Alasdair Kent is quickly garnering notice throughout Europe, the USA and his native Australia for his "serious bel canto credentials.. with finesse in the melismatic pyrotechnics and a lyrical legato tone up to some very high notes" [Washington Classical Review]. In performances as Giocondo in La pietra del paragone with Wolf Trap Opera this past summer, critics uniformly praised his "evenly produced tenor, refined technique and intense expressiveness," [Opera News], his "remarkable old-style vocal pyrotechnics" [Washington Post] and called his "the single standout performance" [Washington City Paper]. To close the summer, Mr. Kent made his European debut as Il cavaliere Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, and is currently based in Philadelphia, USA.
Kent made his professional debut in 2013 as Don Ramiro in a new production of La Cenerentola for Opera Queensland, substituting for an injured colleague. Equally at home with the vocal demands of Rossini and the musical challenges of new works, his upcoming engagements for 2017-18 include company debuts as Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri for Opéra National de Montpellier and for Opéra de Toulon, and in a new production for Hungarian State Opera. He returns to Opera Philadelphia as Angel 3/John in a new production of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, and makes his company debut as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Portland Opera. Mr. Kent also makes a company debut with the Teatro di San Carlo in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the opera's premiere at that theatre.
During season 2016-17, he enjoyed remarkable success in competition, winning First Prizes in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award, the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, and the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. The tenor was also a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Finalist in the Paris Opera Competition and was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship by the Australia Council. For Opera Philadelphia, he covered Dr. Richardson in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves. The tenor added Tamino in Die Zauberflöte to his repertoire at AVA, returned to Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist in performances as Giocondo in La pietra del paragone, made a solo recital debut at Philadelphia's Art Alliance and was featured in recital at AVA, singing Lili Boulanger's Clairières dans le ciel.
In 2015-16, Mr. Kent made role debuts as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with AVA, Don Odoardo in Bizet’s Don Procopio for Australia’s Lost and Found Opera, Ritornello in Florian Leopold Gassmann’s L’opera seria in its U.S. premiere with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artists, and made his company debut with Opera Philadelphia as Junior/Charlie in Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. He also covered the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus for The Dallas Opera. In orchestral concert, the tenor appeared as Jupiter in Semele at the Winspear Opera House for The Dallas Opera’s inaugural Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors. In the same season, the tenor won Second Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, and other prizes from the Opera Index Vocal Competition.
Previously, in 2014-15, the tenor added Lindoro in L'italiana in Algeri to his repertoire in performances at AVA, and covered Ernesto in Don Pasquale for the Merola Opera Program. He was also awarded First Prize in the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition. Prior seasons saw his role debuts as Il conte d'Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia in performances with the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance, and as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with AVA.
Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and completed studies in literature and European languages at the University of Western Australia. He is a proud alumnus of the Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artist Program, the Merola Opera Program, the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance, and Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program.