Vocalist - Baritone

Baritone Dan Kempson has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a singer whose onstage presence was matched by a fluid and handsomely burnished tone.” Recipient of a 2013 Career Development Award from the William Sullivan Foundation, he returned to the Apprentice Program of Santa Fe Opera in summer of 2014, where he sang El Dancairo in Carmen while also covering the leading baritone roles in their double bill of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. He can be heard in the title role in Milhaud’s L’Orestie D’Eschyle (Naxos label) with the University Musical Society, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy award, Best Opera Recording. In 2015-16 he created the role of Hannah/before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One with West Edge Opera, sang Marcello in La bohème with Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and was featured in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris with Performance Santa Fe.

In season 2014-15 Dan Kempson returned to Skylight Music Theatre as Peter Stark and Ringmaster in the world premiere of Sucharitkul’s The Snow Dragon and sang Stanley in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Townsend Opera Players. His 2013-14 season included joining the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys; singing as baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra; as Lieutenant Gordon in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night; Marcello in La bohème with Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Voice Experience”; and reprising Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox with Skylight Music Theatre. In 2012-13 he sang Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Shreveport Opera, Anthony in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, Carmina Burana with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Alwan in the world premiere production of Mohammed Fairouz’ Sumeida’s Song at the Prototype Festival in New York City, presented by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. He also sang Orestes in Milhaud’s L’Orestie with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, and joined the Apprentice Program of Santa Fe Opera, covering Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and was awarded Santa Fe Opera’s Donald Gramm Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding work.

Recent highlights include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Mississippi Opera, Figaro in a fully staged production of Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra; Carmina Burana with Syracuse Opera; the baritone role in Philip Glass’ Kepler in his debut with the Spoleto Festival USA; Handel’s Messiah with the Danbury Chamber Orchestra; selections from Haydn’s The Creation with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; L’elisir d’amore with Caramoor Festival; Brahms’ Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic; Carmina Burana with the Yale Symphony, New Choral Society, and Connecticut Master Chorale; and his debut with Fort Worth Opera in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.

As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, Mr. Kempson sang Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Argante in Rinaldo, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Morales in Carmen, and student matinée performances as Count Almaviva and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also joined the company for its productions of Turandot and Eugene Onegin. As a member of the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera, he performed excerpts as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fluth in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the title role in Thomas’ Hamlet.

While completing his graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Kempson was seen as Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, George Jones in Street Scene, and Ronaldo Cabral in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, which was recorded for Albany Records. Other student performance highlights include Count Almaviva and Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music with Peabody Opera Theater.

A 2009 Boston District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dan has also received prizes from the Gerda Lissner Foundation (Third Prize), Opera Index, Inc (Encouragement Grant), and was a National Semifinalist in the 2009 Eleanor McCollum Competition of the Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Kempson grew up in Wilton, CT.


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