Chris Kenney



American baritone Chris Kenney, whose voice was called “lush” by Broadway World, recently completed his tenure as a member of the Ryan Opera Center ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Engagements of the 2020-2021 season include debuts with Atlanta Opera as Schaunard in La Boheme, Boston Lyric Opera as Young Emile in Terence Blanchard’s Champion, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their Lyric Unlimited production of Jeanine Tesori’s Blue.

In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Kenney debuted with Michigan Opera Theatre as Silvio in I Pagliacci, and at Lyric, sang Fiorello and covered Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, sang the Motorcycle Cop in Dead Man Walking, sang the Registrar and cover Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and covered Yeletsky in Pique Dame. 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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“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