Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Paul Kirby, hailed for his warm tone and musical intelligence is one of today’s outstanding young lyric tenors. He has garnered critical acclaim for his beautiful singing and also for the depth and originality of his portrayals. With an unusually wide repertoire ranging from medieval monophonic song through baroque, classical and romantic opera and song to late-twentieth century opera and concert works, he distinguishes himself on the stages and in the concert halls of Europe, Scandinavia and North America.

American-born and now a resident of Norway, Paul Kirby received his education at Blackburn College in Illinois and also at Boston University, where he pursued the Masters Degree and also the Diploma from the Opera Institute. While at Blackburn College, he was awarded the Mueller Humanities Fellowship, and at Boston University was a Director’s Award and the prestigious Kahn Career Entry Award.

As a concert soloist, Paul Kirby has performed with such renowned and varied ensembles as Emmanuel Music, Sequentia, Huelgas Ensemble, Vox Resonat, Les Arts Florissants, Grex Vocalis, Oslo Domkor, Les Solistes de Lyon Bernard Tétu, Ensemble Antiphona, the Boston Camerata, Tragicomedia, and the Handel and Haydn Society. He has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Sony Classics, Afka, Marc-Aurel Editions, and Koch International labels. Paul has performed with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, Paul Van Nevel, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Emmanuel Villaume, Yves Abel, John Harbison, Martin Pearlman, Dennis Russel Davies, Stephen Stubbs, Paul Van Nevel, Valentin Reymond, Christophe Coin, Terje Kvam, and Carl Høgset.

Photos by Derek Moore!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Paul Kirby

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Staged Works

  • Prologue/Peter Quint Britten Turn of the Screw Opéra-Théâtre Metz

  • Tamino Mozart Die Zauberflöte Opéra de Massy

  • Tom Rakewell Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress The Opera Lab, Boston

  • Albert Britten Albert Herring Boston University Opera

  • Almaviva Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Festival Lyrique de St. Céré,

  • First Shepherd Monteverdi Orfeo Opera of St. Louis

  • Consiglio Cavalieri Rap. Di Animo et di Corpo Tragicomedia

  • Joseph Méhul La Légende de Joseph Théâtre Fr. Musique

  • Prince Caprice Offenbach Le voyage dans la Lune Opera-Théâtre Metz Artisan/Seigneur

  • Bizet La Jolie Fille de Perth Théâtre Fr. De la Musique

  • Ali Glück Les Pelerins de la Mecque Les Arts Florissants

  • Major Duomo Tchaikovsky Pique Dame The Boston Symphony

  • Agenore Mozart Il Re Pastore Boston Lyric Opera

  • Ory Rossini Le Comte Ory Boston University Opera

  • Harlekin Ullman Des Kaiser v. Atlantis Merkin Concert Hall, NYC

  • Cégeste Glass Orphée (world premiere) Brooklyn Acad. Of Music

Roles Covered:
Don Ottavio Mozart Don Giovanni Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Tito Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Apollo Monteverdi Orfeo Opera Theatre of St. Louis
(covering Anthony Rolfe-Johnson)
Satyavan Holst Savitri Les Jardins Musicaux (CH)

Concert works:

  • J.S. Bach Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas (50+) including BWV nos. 25, 80, 86, 102, 108, 128, 135, 140, 150, 163, 175, Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion

  • CPE Bach Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Oratorio

  • Britten Serenade, Cantata Academica, Canticles 1,2, 3, 5

  • Martin Le Vin Herbé, Pilate, Requiem

  • Mendelssohn Elijah

  • Orff Carmina Burana

  • Satie Socrates


Ensemble Program Opera Theatre of St. Louis 1995, 1996
Diploma Boston University Opera Institute 1996
Fellow Tanglewood Music Center 1990
MM Voice Boston University 1989
BA Music Blackburn College 1986

Conductors Seiji Ozawa, Christopher Hogwood, William Christie, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Emmanuel Villaume, Yves Abel, John Harbison, Martin Pearlman, Dennis Russel Davies, Jerome Pillement, Dominique Trottein, Michel Piquemal, Stephen Stubbs, Paul Van Nevel, Valentin Reymond, Christophe Coin, Terje Kvam, Carl Høgset

Stage Directors Peter Brook, Francesca Zambello, John Copley, Colin Graham, John Haber, Will Graham, David Knuess, Neil-Peter Jampolis, Georg Rootering, Laurence Dale, Olivier Desbordes, François Rochaix

Languages English (mother tongue), French, Norwegian (fluent), German (moderate)