Stefan Kennedy / tenor
English tenor Stefan Kennedy is a first-year student at the Dutch National Opera Academy having recently graduated with Distinction and a DipRam from the Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently studying with Don Marrazzo and this year will perform the roles of Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte.
At the Royal Academy of Music, he was a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Stefan was the recipient of the 2017 Grabowsky Connell Prize and the 2016 Sir Thomas Armstrong Prize for ‘an outstanding performance of English vocal music’. In 2017, he performed the role of Acis in Handel’s Acis &Galatae under the direction of Michael Chance and Margaret Faultless at the Duke’s Hall and the Grange Festival. In 2016 he performed in several productions at Opera Holland Park in London, and in 2017, with English Voices at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Highlights of oratorio performances include Bach’s St John Passion at New College Oxford on Good Friday with Oxford Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Vespers at Ely Cathedral; Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Cambridge; Handel’s Messiah at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Chester & Chichester Cathedrals; Haydn’s The Creation in Rouen Cathedral; and Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Stefan is a keen recitalist and has recently performed Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 24, Britten’s Winter Words and Stanford’s Six Bible Songs amongst other works. He has performed recitals at venues across London as well as in many venues in Cambridge including Kettle’s Yard, West Road Concert Hall and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Stefan read Music at Clare College Cambridge where he held a choral scholarship. He is extremely grateful for the generous support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Lady Clare Fund, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Toba Mann Scholarship, Patricia Routledge DBE, Baroness O’Cathain and Timothy & Christina Benn.