Kenneth Tarver is considered to be one of the outstanding belcanto tenore di grazia of his generation, acknowledged for his beauty of tone, virtuosic technique, extensive and even vocal range, coupled with an attractive and elegant stage presence. A specialist in Mozart and demanding virtuosic operatic repertoire, he has appeared at the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls around the world, performing both well-known and seldom-performed works with conductors such as René Jacobs, Riccardo Chailly, Pierre Boulez, and Claudio Abbado.
Tarver is a specialist in the most demanding virtuosic operatic repertoire. Recent successes include Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, Béatrice et Bénédict with Robin Ticciati, Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes at Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse conducted by Christophe Rousset, Gluck’s Orphèe et Euridice at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Orfeo in Haydn’s L’Anima del Filosofo at the Budapest Festival conducted by Adam Fisher, Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Traetta’s Antigone at the Staatsoper Berlin, Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Haydn’s L’Infedeltà Delusa at the Musikverein in Vienna conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Tarver is a past winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Development Program and the Staatsoper Stuttgart. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Kenneth holds a Masters of Music Performance from Yale University School of Music, where he received the Dean’s Award for the Most Outstanding Student in the graduating class.
Biography and photo courtesy kennethtarver.com.