Kevin Courtemanche, tenor
Kevin Courtemanche returns with gratitude and enthusiasm to Hudson Opera Theatre, to début as Goro in Madama Butterfly. The New York City and Boston based tenor relishes relating his personal operatic journey. It began while watching the first Three Tenors Concert, before the final of the 1990 World Cup in Rome. That concert immediately inspired him to forsake the law for opera.
Kevin first studied with Maestro Will Crutchfield, who encouraged him to get a full musical education. He attended Peabody Conservatory to learn, to study with Dr. Stanley Cornett, to gain stage experience, and to play a number of comprimario roles. Mr. Courtemanche went to the University of Southern California for graduate study with Mr. Gary Glaze. There he played Judge Danforth and Giles Corey in The Crucible, The 1st Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the Witch (!) in Hansel and Gretel.
Kevin recently performed as John Twist, Sr. in the North American Premiere of Charles Wuorinen and Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain at New York City Opera. At San Francisco Opera he created the role of the Brigadier General in the World Premiere of Philip Glass' Appomattox.
Also as a professional, Mr. Courtemanche has portrayed Verdi’s Otello, Don Carlo (4 and 5 Act Italian versions), and Ernani, Wagner’s Siegfried, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Gounod’s Faust, Offenbach’s Hoffmann, Massenet’s Werther (cover), Yoav Gaal’s The Dwarf, King Carlo VII in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Radamès in Aïda (which he also covered at Sarasota Opera in 2016), Canio in Pagliacci and Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana (sometimes in the same performance!), Enzo in La gioconda, the Duke of Mantua, Borsa and Marullo in Rigoletto, Don José in Carmen, Calaf in Turandot, Luigi in Il tabarro, Pinkerton and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, Ruggero in La rondine, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Aegisthus in Elektra, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Alfredo in La traviata, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Macduff in Macbeth, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Arrigo’s Squire in La battaglia di Legnano, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Tony in Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, roles in two Michael Raphael operas: Joseph in Nat Turner and J. Edgar Hoover in Marcus Garvey, the Chairman of the House Unamerican Activities Committee in Adolphus Hailstork’s Robeson, two operas by Theodore Christman: Ernest in Adriana, McMannes and Buzzman in A Metamorphosis, both Frick/Major Edouard and Joseph in La vie parisienne, Max Blanck in Lehrman’s The Triangle Fire, The Mother (!) in Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, the Witch (!) in Hansel and Gretel (the two foregoing productions being adventures in travesty) and Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, among other roles.
In the concert hall Kevin has appeared as the tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Handel's Messiah.
Kevin has performed as a principal artist with, among others, the New York City Opera, New York Grand Opera, the National Chorale, Vertical Player Repertory, New Rochelle Opera, Hudson Opera Theatre, Long Island Opera, North Shore Music Festival, Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Opera Studio, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, New York Opera Forum, Vocal Productions NYC, Utopia Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Christman Opera Company, Capitol Heights Lyric Opera, La forza dell’opera, Amore Opera and Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, and sung before the Metropolitan Opera Guild and at HBO Studios (all in New York), the San Francisco Opera, Berkeley (now West Edge) Opera, Mission City Opera, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Parlor Opera, Bakersfield Symphony, Cinnabar Theatre, Masterworks Chorale (San Mateo), Independent Opera (Los Angeles), New Valley Symphony (Los Angeles), Long Beach Opera, Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra (all in California), Lowell House Opera (Massachusetts), Tundi Productions (Vermont), Trilogy: An Opera Company, Boardwalk Opera, Mid-Atlantic Opera, Opera at Florham (all in New Jersey), Atlantic Coast Opera Festival (Pennsylvania), Arizona State University, Hradec Králové Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Sarasota Opera and St. Petersburg Opera (both in Florida), Bel Cantanti Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera (both in Maryland), Riverbend Opera, New Dominion Chorale, Gold Rush Opera (all in Virginia), Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra (North Dakota), Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and Caffè Taci in New York, NY and Caffè Venezia in Berkeley, CA (that's right, Kevin's voice is available for weddings, parties, New Year's Eve and other festive occasions). His (disembodied) voice even appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful (opera as soap opera).
Kevin has branched out as an opera stage director, having helmed Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (two productions), Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Joseph Beer’s Die Polnische Hochzeit, Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s 4-Act version of Don Carlo and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Kevin returns to Trilogy: An Opera Company to assay the role of Aubrey in Ulysses Kay’s Frederick Douglass (August 3, 2019, Donald M. Payne School of Technology, Newark, New Jersey) and will cover the roles of Melot, the Young Seaman and the Shepherd in Tundi Productions’ Tristan und Isolde (August 23 and 25, 2019, Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro, Vermont).