“Sound[ing] to the bel canto born with his evenly-produced tenor, refined technique and intense expressiveness,” (Opera News) and with a “voice so beautiful.. it’s like listening to sunshine,” (Opera-Világ) Australian tenor Alasdair Kent is gaining notice throughout the world 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).
Following his European debut with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Il cavaliere Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims, Mr. Kent’s 2017-18 season has included performances as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, for Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier and Opéra de Toulon, and in a new production with the Hungarian State Opera. In the United States, he returned to Opera Philadelphia as Angel 3/John in a new production of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, and made his company debut with Portland Opera as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. The tenor also made his company debut with the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the oldest continuously-operating opera house in the world, as Mambre in Mosè in Egitto, in performances celebrating the 200th anniversary of that opera’s premiere in Naples.
Performances in 2018-19 include another role debut, as Argirio in Tancredi with the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari. He sings Ferrando in Così fan tutte in performances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City under the baton of esteemed Mozartian Jane Glover, and in a new production by famed director Pier Luigi Pizzi in several Italian theatres with the Rete Lirica delle Marche. He also returns to the Hungarian State Opera for further performances as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri. On the concert stage, he appears as first tenor soloist in performances of Rossini’s extraordinarily difficult Messa di Gloria with the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn. Capping off a busy season, Mr. Kent also features as Prince Frederic in the world premiere recording of Poul Ruders’ new opera The Thirteenth Child on Bridge Records, and in “A Ribbon of Roses,” a self-produced recital disc of Richard Strauss’ Lieder, both to be released in the new year.
Since his professional debut, stepping in last minute as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola for Opera Queensland, other highlights have included performances as Giocondo in La pietra del paragone and Ritornello in Gassmann's L'opera seria for Wolf Trap Opera, and Don Odoardo in Bizet's Don Procopio with Lost and Found Opera. On the concert stage, Mr. Kent was a featured artist in The Dallas Opera's inaugural Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, gave a recital of Mozart and bel canto arias and duets for Seattle Opera and has appeared at Carnegie Hall in gala concerts for the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation. In recital, the tenor was featured at the Academy of Vocal Arts, performing Lili Boulanger's Clairières dans le ciel with Audrey Saint-Gil, and made his solo recital debut with Philadelphia's Art Alliance.
The tenor has won First Prizes in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award, the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, and both First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Academy of Vocal Arts’ Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. He was also awarded the Marten Bequest by the Australia Council, one of Australia’s most important artistic awards.
Mr. Kent is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where his roles included Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He is a proud alumnus of Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artist Program, the Merola Opera Program, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, and spent two seasons with Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist.