Chris Kenney

Baritone

Biography

American baritone Chris Kenney, whose voice was called “lush” by Broadway World, is a recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Kenney will make his Metropolitan Opera debut and return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Chester in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut up in My Bones, make his professional debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Cincinnati Opera, and sing the role of Young Emile in Blanchard’s Champion with Boston Lyric Opera. He will also be the featured soloist during Independence Day celebrations with the Cincinnati Pops.

Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic included appearances with Michigan Opera Theatre as Silvio in I Pagliacci, Atlanta Opera as Schaunard in La bohème, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera as Figaro, and multiple roles in the Lyric Opera Unlimited production of Jeanine Tesori’s Blue. During the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Kenney sang the Brother in Los Angeles Opera’s and Opera Omaha’s co-produced recording of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf.

In the 2019-2020 season, his final one as a member of the Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Kenney performed the role of Fiorello and covered Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, sang the Motorcycle Cop in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, sang the Registrar and covered Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and covered Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. On the orchestral stage, he made his New York City concert debut singing Bach cantatas with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin at Alice Tully Hall.

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Reviews

“Baritone Christopher Kenney sang not only with warm expansiveness, but with nobility, in the best performance of the night. This dignity was crucial to making Bob believable as someone whom the ladies would instantly fall in love with as well as trust.”

John Y. Lawrence

Chicago Classical Review

“The high point of this work was the paired, seething anger of baritone Christopher Kenney and soprano Leah Hawkins in ‘I, Too, Sing America / Okay ‘Negroes’,’ sung to poetry by Langston Hughes and June Jordan, respectively.”

Charles T. Downey

Washington Classical Review

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