Praised for his “beautiful” and “sweet-voiced” tone, and “superbly acted” portrayals, American tenor, Patrick Kilbride, is enjoying a flourishing career, particularly sought-after as an interpreter of Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and Britten.
He pursued his undergraduate studies in voice at Northwestern University, and his graduate studies in opera at the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Additionally, he was a fellow for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center singing roles under the batons of many musical luminaries including Jane Glover, Tomàš Netopil, and Robert Spano. He has also been a Young Artist with the Boston Early Music Festival and Victoria Bach Festival.
Currently residing in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kilbride made his professional operatic debut in the United States singing the role of Iro in a new production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Gilbert Blin and conducted by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. Following his debut in Boston, he studied and performed for two months at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Fellow where he collaborated with many celebrated artist-mentors including Mark Morris, Sanford Sylvan and Dawn Upshaw. While there he made his recital debut in Seiji Ozawa Hall and performed in world premieres, including music of Pulitzer Prize winning composer, David Lang.
Other important roles performed and covered include Albert Herring in Albert Herring, Arbace in Idomeneo (Maryland Opera Studio), Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Secondo Soldato/Lucano in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Gomatz in Zaïde, Flute in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aspen Music Festival), Osman in Almira (Boston Early Music Festival), Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, La Discorde in Les arts florissants, and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Northwestern University). In demand as a concert artist, Mr. Kilbride has performed frequently as a soloist with many organizations including the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society.
As a winner of the 24th International Concours de Chant Centre-Lyrique d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Mr. Kilbride made his professional operatic debut in Europe singing the role of Damon in a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois and conducted by Damien Guillon, in France throughout 2015 and 2016 with Théâtre Municipal Montluçon, Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand, Opéra de Rennes and Festival de la Chaise-Dieu.
Patrick returned to France in Summer 2017 to make his debut with the renowned Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he was a resident artist of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence involved in a new production of Francesco Cavalli’s Erismena directed by Jean Bellorini, and conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón. The production will embark on a European tour in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons, making his debut in the opera houses of Versailles, Paris and Luxembourg. Spring 2018 marks his professional debut in the United Kingdom, where he has been engaged to sing the role of Septimius in Handel’s Theodora with the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by Christian Curnyn, and in collaboration with Sarah Connolly and the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra in the historic Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Other upcoming engagements include his solo debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda & selected Madrigali with Opera Lafayette, where he has been a Young Artist in past seasons, as well as collaborations with the Washington Bach Consort, Choralis, Cathedra, The Folger Consort, The New Orchestra of Washington, and many others.
He was the 2015 recipient of the Marillyn Zacharis Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, the 2014 recipient of the Pomeroy Prize from the University of Maryland for his work in 17th and 18th century repertoire, a three-time recipient of the Newman Family Foundation Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival, a Victor Rice Opera Assistantship recipient from the University of Maryland, a Helen Heim Nichols Endowed Fellowship recipient from Northwestern University, and a 2007 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungARTS finalist and winner in classical voice.