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Jonathan Forbes Kennedy

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Der Vater
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2022
Steward
Flight (Dove)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2022
Postdatedcek (Oblaçnŷ) and Vacek
The excursions of Mr Broucek (Janáček)
Grange Park Opera
2022
Crebillion, Rabonnier
La Rondine (Puccini)
If Opera
2022
The Bull
Gods of the game (Various)
Grange Park Opera
2022
Paul
Les enfants terribles (Philip Glass)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2021
Achilla
Giulio Cesare (Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2020
Speaker / 2nd Armed Man
The magic flute (W A Mozart)
Waterperry Opera Festival
2019
Der Vater
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Berlin Opera Academy
2018
Pallante
Agrippina (Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Lesbo
Agrippina (Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Count Almaviva
The Marriage of Figaro (in English) (Mozart)
Edinburgh Studio Opera
2017
Martino
L'ocassione fa il Ladro (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2017
Papageno
The Magic Flute (In English) (W. A. Mozart)
Fife Opera
2017
Reverend Tregold
The Life To Come (Louis Sebastian Mander)
Surrey Opera
2017
Harry
The Fallen Soldier (Louis Mander)
Belsize Opera
2017
La Poeta
Prima la musica (Salieri)
Student Production
2016
Onegin
Eugene Onegin (in English) (Tchaikovsky)
Fife Opera
2016
Escamillo
Carmen (in English) (Bizet)
Edinburgh Studio Opera
2016
Filiberto
Il Signor Bruschino (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2016
Antonio
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Host of the Garter Inn
Sir John in Love (Vaughan-Williams)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Count Almaviva
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Opera Dei Lumi
2015
Norton
La cambiale di matrimonio (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2014

Operetta/G&S

Sgt Bouncer
Cox and Box (Arthur Sullivan)
The Scottish Consort
2016
Grosvenor
Patience (Gilbert & Sullivan)
East Kilbride Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass Soloist and Chorus
Mass in B minor (J S Bach)
Sestina and the Irish Baroque Orchestra
2022
Soloist
Four Psalms (Edvard Grieg)
Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society
2022
Soloist
Songs of the Fleet (C V Stanford)
Glasgow University Choral Society
2022
Soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
The Edinburgh Singers
2022
Soloist
Old American Songs: Sets 1 & 2 (Aaron Copland)
City of Carlisle Orchestra
2017
Baritone soloist
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan-Williams)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Bass / Baritone soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Roxburgh Singers
2016
Peter, Judas, Pilate and Highpriest
St Matthew Passion (Bach)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Bass soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Opera Dei Lumi
2016
Baritone soloist
Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams)
Kirkcudbright Choral Society
2016
All Male Solos
Serenade to Music (Vaughan-Williams)
Kirkcudbright Choral Society
2016
Baritone
Winterreise (Franz Schubert)
Glen Lyon Church
2016
Baritone soloist
Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Baritone soloist
In terra pax (Finzi)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Bass soloist
Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)
City of Glasgow Chorus
2015
Bass soloist
Israel In Egypt (Handel)
City of Glasgow Chorus
2015
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Faure)
Strathaven Choral Society
2014

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert COVID-cancelled

Jonathan Forbes Kennedy - Easter from 5 Mystical Songs (With Glasgow Cathedral Choir)

O Lisbonne from Dom Sébastien by Donizetti

Turn ye to me

Escamillo (Edinburgh Studio Opera)

Escamillo (Edinburgh Studio Opera)

Escamillo (Edinburgh Studio Opera)

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

JFKennedy Full Length

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La Poeta (Prima la Musica e poi la Parole)

Prima la Musica

Sir John in love 1

Sir John in love 2

Jack Donnelly Mozart Singing Competition - Semi Finalist (2022)

ABRSM Scholarship at the Royal Conservtoire of Scotland (2020)

Lily Niblock Scholarship at Berlin Opera Academy (2018)

John Mather Rising Star Award (2016)

Competitions

Governor’s recital prize for singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland -Highly Commended (2017)

Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. - Winner (2013)

Two young artists, Jonathan Kennedy and Pasquale Orchard, make memorable contributions. (The Times, 2022) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-excursions-of-mr-broucek-review-time-travel-latex-and-lunar-sausages-in-janaceks-weirdest-work-72mj3zzxh (2022)

Jonathan Kennedy projected well as Escamillo too, dominating the stage. http://www.operascotland.org/tour/3498/Carmen-2016 (2016)

Jonathan Kennedy, in the title role, has a warm-toned baritone and sang with great attention to detail. http://www.operascotland.org/tour/3603/Eugene-Onegin-2016 (2016)

MMus Opera
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2020–2022
MMus (Performance)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015–2017
BMus (Hons
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2011–2015

Scottish Baritone Jonathan Forbes Kennedy graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2022, under the tutelage of Scott Johnson. His studies were supported with a scholarship from the ABRSM.He previously studied on the BMus (Hons) and MMus (Perf) at RCS with Alan Watt.

During his time at Opera School, Jonathan performed and covered a variety of roles. In his first year he covered the role of Achilla in Händel’s Giulio Cesare, which was sadly cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in his second year, he sang the role of Paul in Philip Glass’s Les enfants terribles, based on the novel by Jean Cocteau. This production was designed to be filmed and was screened in Glasgow in December 2023. Jonathan also performed the roles of Der Vater in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, and the Steward in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. While at the RCS Jonathan also took part in a number of Masterclasses with Operatic stalwarts such as Sir John Tomlinson, Roderick Williams, Christopher Purves and John Anthony-Graham, and has also worked with renowned American Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore in a masterclass series in Luxembourg.

In summer 2022, he sang in the chorus at Grange Park Opera, where he also sang the substantial roles of Postdatedcek (originally Oblačný) and Vacek in Sir David Pountey’s acclaimed production of Janáček's The Excursions of Mr Broucek. This production was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He later sang in the chorus for Grange Park’s Gods of the Game, performing the role of the Bull, which was filmed and will be broadcast on Sky Arts in November 2022.
Other operatic roles include: Der Vater in Hänsel und Gretel (Berlin Opera Academy), Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro (RCS), The Host of the Garter Inn in Sir John in Love (RCS), Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Dei Lumi), The Speaker in The Magic Flute (Waterperry Opera Festival).

Outside of Opera, Jonathan enjoys a busy schedule performing as a soloist for Choral and Orchestral Societies throughout the UK. He is also passionate about recitals and performs a wide variety of song repertoire. Recent recitals have been based on themes such as Serenades and Serenaders and Songs of Hope and Sorrow. He appeared on RTÉ Lyric FM as a step out soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor with Sestina and the Irish Baroque Orchestra in April 2022, conducted by Peter Whelan. In 2019/20 he was a Bridging the gap young artist with the Dunedin Consort.

In Spring 2023, Jonathan will be part of the Merry Opera Company's staged tour of Händel’s Messiah, directed by John Ramster.

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