Jennifer Brennan-Hondorp

Kishna Davis

Pamela Hinchman

Pamela Hinchman

Teresa Seidl

Shawnette Sulker

Stella Zambalis

Buffy Baggott

Misty Bermudez

Julia Elise Hardin

Jennifer Lane

Carol Sparrow

Michelle Wrighte

Robert Bracey

Benjamin Brecher

James Doing

Randolph Locke

Jeffrey Springer

Mark Thomsen

Bradley Williams

Graham Fandrei

Kenneth Overton

Frederick Reeder

Charles Robert Stephens

Gerard Sundberg

James Patterson

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In the role of the minister, Kenneth Overton offers a remarkably understated performance. In both his command of this complex character and his beautiful baritone voice, Overton is a magnetic presence.”

 

Kenneth Overton, baritone

 
 


Baritone Kenneth Overton has consistently received accolades for his rich gleaming voice and his many layered, powerful interpretations. In 2008 Kenneth made his debut as Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the famous Deutsche Oper Berlin in the critically acclaimed production from Cape Town Opera in South Africa. He recently toured the British Isles as Porgy in Living Arts’ Porgy and Bess and, in the same role, opened Opera Memphis' 51st season.  He also made his début recently with Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Jake (Porgy and Bess) and sang his first Escamillo (Carmen) with Missouri Symphony Society, and well as Leporello (Don Giovanni) with Opera Memphis, Ping (Turandot) with Sacramento Opera, Bello (La Fancuilla del West) with Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, as Bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and as the Baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the Oratorio Society of New Jersey.  Mr. Overton performed the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars with Skylark Opera. His 2008-9 engagements include debuts with the Norwalk Symphony (Messiah), The Paduka Symphony (Porgy) and  returned to Connecticut Opera as Marcello in La Boheme,  to the Duluth Superior Symphony in Vaughn Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” Porgy with Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, and a concert  featuring Mahler, Copeland and opera arias with the San Antonio Symphony. He also sang the lead in Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh’s production of Porgy and Bess, a “magnificent” Gershwin evening with Richmond Symphony, and sang Lawyer Frazier with the San Francisco Opera in Porgy and Bess. Other recent engagements include performances with Nashville Opera,  Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony among others. 

 

 2010-11 engagements include the soloist in Handel's Messiah with The Norwalk Symphony, Verdi's Requiem at Montclaire State University and at The Cathedral Basilica in NJ. Kenneth also made his Pensacola Opera debut this season in the world premier of David Ott's The Widow's Lantern and  returned to Pensacola Opera as Joe(Showboat). He reprised the role of Sharpless(Madama Butterfly) for Opera Memphis, and returned to San Francisco Opera as Sid (La Fanciulla del West) and  sang with  The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra.  He performed a gala with the Sarasota Symphony, and also sings Porgy with Lexington Opera Society /U of Kentucky Opera Theater. In 2010 Kenneth released his debut CD of Negro Spirituals and Afro-American Art Songs for Albany Records' Mosaic Label. With Sarasota Symphony he performed a gala evening of songs, and  sings  Porgy with Kentucky Opera Theatre in 2011. In addition, he serves as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Noire of New York

 

Recent performances include a return to Connecticut Opera for Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri) and appeared as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Schaunard (La Boheme) with Metro Lyric Opera (NJ).  He also appeared as soloist in Schubert’s Mass in Ab with the Summit Chorale Festival (NJ), in addition to his Spain tour with the American Spiritual Ensemble.

 

Kenneth has also been heard as  Leporello (Don Giovanni) at Houston Ebony Opera Guild; Ping (Turandot) with Opera Delware; Schaunard  (La Boheme) and Ping (Turandot) with Opera Memphis; Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera; Baz Luhrman’s Broadway La Boheme; Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Connecticut Grand Opera; Schaunard  (La Boheme) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with Connecticut Opera; City Center Encores’ production and recording of Romberg’s New Moon; Ping (Turandot)with Nashville Opera.

 

Kenneth’s intelligence and versatility have allowed him to excel in several modern works including Corps of Discovery by Michael Ching with Opera Festival of New Jersey; Six Characters by Hugo Weisgall; Nexus Arts (NY) The Gilded Cage by Kioulaphides.  With the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Overton was a featured soloist in Fascinatin’ Rhythm, a concert of George Gershwin songs.  He made his Carnegie Hall début as Baritone soloist in Come Follow Me by Jackson Berkey with Mid-America Productions.  He was a winner of the Liederkranz Competition and a national winner of the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition.  He is also co-founder of Opera Noire of New York, a performing arts organization created to empower African-American artists to reach their full creative potential in a mutually supportive environment.

 

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