Kieran White

Tenor

“Kieran White delivered the “lullaby” with heart stopping beauty”

Owen Davies, Plays to See, January 2019

About

The English tenor, Kieran White graduated from The Royal Academy of Music achieving a Masters with Distinction

As a soloist Kieran works with many of the top leading ensembles in the UK and Internationally, including Amsterdam Baroque, Netherlands and Edvard Grieg Kor, Norway. He also performs with the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner and Copenhagen Soloists, Denmark. In 2018 he toured Bach’s Johannes Passion with Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque, performing across Europe, In 2017 he toured Bach’s Matthäus – Passion. 

He is particularly passionate about music from 16th, 17th and 18th Century, predominantly Bach’s Johannes & Matthäus Evangelists, recently performing in a number of venues across the United Kingdom and Europe.

He is an experienced Oratorio soloist and notably has performed Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium at Domkirken, Bergen, Bach’s Messe h-moll with Bristol Bach Choir, Monteverdi Vespers with Edvard Grieg Kor, Bergen, Rachmaninov Vespers with Bath Bach Choir and Johannes- Passion Arias in Sherborne Abbey.

During his two years at The Royal Academy he was involved in a wide range of projects including performances as a soloist in The Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Series and appearing in a Tenor and Harp concert in which he performed the song cycle A Birthday Hansel by Benjamin Britten.

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“It is not invidious to mention in particular the vital part played by soloist Kieran White (tenor) who, in the role of “Evangelist”, carried the weight of the whole narrative of the events as they unfolded. Singing from the pulpit with great feeling, but also (remarkably!) a good deal of eye contact with the audience, he brought to life the significance of Christ’s death in a way which must have deeply stirred those in the audience who are Christian believers, and maybe challenged those who are not.”

Derek Bal​dwin, Lymington Times, April 2017

He is an enthusiastic opera and oratorio soloist, especially a passionate performer of J.S Bach’s Evangelist roles.

Kieran also performs on the operatic stage, particularly in the Early opera repertoire. Engagements include Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Cockpit Theatre, Acis Acis and Galatea for Ensemble OrQuestaSailor Dido and Aeneas at the Grange Festival.  
As a tenor with a high tessitura, he has been exploring the “Haute Contre” repertoire. He is working with the distinguished “Haute Contre” Jean-Paul Fouchécourt on specific projects/roles. He has performed ValéreTacmas Les Indes Galantes, Hippolyte Hippolyte e Aricie, Renaud Armide  

On the recital platform he enjoys collaborations with Elizabeth Kenny (lute/theorbo) and Zita Silva (Harp), he has performed with both in the Sherborne Music Festival.  

This season and beyond concerts includBach’s St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with Iain Ledingham, Bach’s St John Passion (Arias) with Bristol Bach ChoirBach’s St Matthew Passion (Arias) with Copenhagen Soloists, Mozart C Minor Mass with Exeter Festival Chorus, Bach Cantatas with Amsterdam Baroque under Ton Koopman, reviving the role of Hippolyte with Ensemble OrQuesta in the Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre and making his debut with Gli Angeli in Geneva.  

Swiftly acquiring recognition in the Baroque repertoire, Kieran has recently performed Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine with Edvard Grieg Kor, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bristol Bach Choir, Numerous Bach Cantatas with Hastings Philharmonic and Bach’s Magnificat with Bath Bach Choir.  

When his schedule permits Kieran White works with the distinguished Haute Contre Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt in Lyon on specific projects/roles.

Kieran is enjoying his life as a busy freelance tenor, but in his down time he can be found working on his fathers farm in Dorsetsinging whilst getting the cows in. 

Repertoire

Oratorio

J.S Bach
Johannes-Passion (Evangelist & Arias)
Matthäus-Passion (Evangelist & Arias)
Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist & Arias)
B Minor Mass
Magnificat in D Major
Mass in G Minor
Coffee Cantata
Cantatas BWV 4,10, 12, 62, 63, 80, 106, 140, 150, 147, 208, 227

Britten
Cantata Misericordium

Carl Orff
Carmina Burana

Charpentier
Te Deum

D’astorga
Stabat Mater

Delius
Hassan

Händel
Chandos Anthem No.9
Dixit Dominus
Messiah

Haydn
Die Schöpfung / The Creation (Uriel)
Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Paukenmesse

Mendelssohn 
Elijah

Monteverdi
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)

Mozart
Coronation Mass
Mass in C Minor
Requiem
Vespers

Pergolesi 
Magnificat

Rachmaninov
Vespers

Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater

Schubert
Mass in G

Opera

Cavalli
La Callisto (Pane, La Natura)

Händel
Acis & Galatea (Acis / Corridon / Damon)

Lehár
The Merry Widow (Camille)

Lully
Armide (Renaud)

Monteverdi
L’incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta)

Mozart
Cosi Fan Tutte (Fernando)

Purcell
Dido & Aeneas (Sailor)

Rameau
Hippolyte e Aricie (Hippolyte)
Les Indes Galantes (Valére / Tacmas)

Rossini
Il Signor Bruschino (Florville)
La Cenerentola (Ramiro)
La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Edoardo)
L’inganno Felice (Bertrando)
L’occasione fa il Ladro (Conte Alberto)

Strauss
Die Fledermaus (Alfred)

Vaughan Williams
Sir John in Love (Bardolph)

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“Among the most mesmerising moments are Arnalta’s lullaby, floating on Kieran White’s concentrated, linear tenor”

Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine, January 2019

Press Quotes

​Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta)

Cockpit Theatre / Ensemble OrQuesta

“Kieran White delivered the “lullaby” with heart stopping beauty”
Owen Davies, Plays to See, January 2019

“Among the most mesmerising moments are Arnalta’s lullaby, floating on Kieran White’s concentrated, linear tenor”
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine, January 2019

 
 
 

Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)

Christchurch, St Leonards / Hastings Philharmonic

“Tenor Kieran White was most effective in Nigra sum and stunningly so towards the end of the Magnificat where he flung beautiful phrases into the vaulted roof, picked up to spine-tingling effect by the off-stage echo.”
Dr Brian Hick, Lark reviews, 25th February 2018

 
 
 

Rossini: L’ocassione fa il ladro (Conte Alberto)

Aberdeen International Festival / Raucous Rossini

“Kieran White as the romantic lead had a series of highly attractive arias and duets that showed off his well-schooled and sweet-toned instrument very effectively”
Opera Scotland, July 2018
 
 
 

J.S. Bach: St John Passion (Evangelist) – Christchurch Priory

“It is not invidious to mention in particular the vital part played by soloist Kieran White​ (tenor) who, in the role of “Evangelist”, carried the weight of the whole narrative of the events as they unfolded. Singing from the pulpit with great feeling, but also (remarkably!) a good deal of eye contact with the audience, he brought to life the significance of Christ’s death in a way which must have deeply stirred those in the audience who are Christian believers, and maybe challenged those who are not.”
Derek Bal​dwin, Lymington Times, 29th April 2017

 
 
 

Rossini: Signor Bruschino (Florville)

Hill of Tarvit / Raucous Rossini

“The tenor Kieran White, as her lover Florville, has a sweet tone and was a neat and attractive actor”
Opera Scotland, July 2016
 
 

Lully: Armide (Renaud)

Woodhouse Opera / Ensemble OrQuesta

“With any production of a tragedie lyrique perhaps the first rule is find your haute contre. In the young tenor Kieran White music at Woodhouse found someone who could not just cope admirably with the high tessitura of Renaud’s role but make it sound expressive, lyrical and where necessary powerful. White had an admirable fluidity in his upper range and avoided that sense of sounding permanently surprised which some young tenors bring to the haute-contre repertory. White also had the advantage of a highly personable stage presence, making Armide’s obsession with the knight all the more bvelievable. Musically the role of Renaud is a relatively passive one, but White brought out the lyrical beauties of the piece such has the scene where he is lulled to sleep by magic.”
Planet Hugill, 21st February 2016

 
 
 

Rossini: L’Inganno Felice (Duke Bertrando)

Raucous Rossini

“high-flying tenorial lyricism from Kieran White”
Opera Scotland, July 2015

Media

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Schedule

Friday 27th September 2019

6pm

Bergen Domkirke

BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes Banden

BWV 127: Herr Jesu Christ

BWV 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit

Edvard Grieg Kor

Paul Agnew

Barokkanerne

Sunday 29th September 2019

3pm

Mariakirken, Bergen

Norsk Salmebok

Edvard Grieg Kor

Paul Agnew

Friday 4th October 2019

8.15pm

Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam 

Jubileum Concert Ton Koopman 75

Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra

Friday 1st November 2019

7.30pm

Holmens kirke, Copenhagen

Saturday 2nd November 2019

7.30pm

Holmens kirke, Copenhagen

Sunday 3rd November 2019

4pm

Koncerthuset, Symfonisk, Århus

Mozart Requiem

Jonathan Ofir

Copenhagen Soloists

Saturday 9th November 2019

5pm

Victoria Hall, Geneva

 

De Profundis

Josquin des Prés, Schütz, Bruhns, de Lalande, Bach, Arvo Pärt

Stephan Macleod 

Gli Angeli Genéve

 

Saturday 23rd November 2019

7.30pm

St. David’s Church, Exeter 

Saints & Angels

Finzi – For St Cecilia Ceremonial Ode

Howells – A Sequence for St Michael

Kieran White – Tenor

Peter King – Organ

David Ogden – Conductor

Exeter Festival Chorus 

Saturday 30th November 2019

7.30pm

Truro Cathedral 

Monteverdi Vespers 1610

Kieran White – Tenor

David Webb – Tenor

Jacob Dennison – Baritone 

Charlie Murray – Bass

Truro Cathedral Boy Chorister

St Mary’s Singers

English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble 

Christopher Gray – Conductor

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