Biography

Louise Kemény, Soprano
Louise Kemény, Soprano

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; she won the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, Basil A.Turner Prize, Joaninha Trust Prize and David Goldman Award.

Recent opera engagements include Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro for Dutch National Opera; Iphis/Jephtha in Hannover; Teofane/Ottone for English Touring Opera; Jano/Jenufa for Scottish Opera and Poppea/Agrippina for Iford Arts; Second Woman/Dido and Aeneas for La Nuova Musica at Wigmore Hall, and Serpetta(cover)/La Finta Giardiniera and Elisa(cover)/Hipermestra Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Whilst in Scotland Kemény made her debut at Scottish Opera as Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream and sang Tiny/Paul Bunyan and Little Moon-Soprano Actor/A Night at the Chinese Opera for British Youth Opera. She is passionate about the creation and interpretation of new music and has created three lead roles in new operas – Woman/Unknown Position and Girl/Bonesong (Kate Whitley), and Wife/Nauset (Joel Rust) – to critical acclaim.

Concert highlights include the soprano solos in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with Concerto Köln and Peter Dijkstra, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, directed by Mark Padmore, 1st Soprano in Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Snape Maltings, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, and Orff’s Carmina Burana at Cadogan Hall. A keen exponent of 20th century and contemporary repertoire, Kemény has performed Stravinsky’s Les noces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and a programme with Schoenberg’s 2nd QuartetPierrot Lunaire, Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé and Stravinsky’s 3 Japanese Lyrics at London’s Conway Hall.

A passionate recitalist, Kemény performed recently at the MozartFest Würzburg, and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Festival in a programme of Spanish song. For Oxford Lieder Festival she sang Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen and Schoenberg’s 2nd Quartet, and at St John’s Smith Square in a solo recital entitled “Dans le Jardin”, inspired by the Royal Academy of Art’s Painting the Modernist Garden. She has also performed at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and the Museen der Stadt Nürnberg.

In the 18/19 season she joins the ensemble at Theater Bonn, where her roles include Romilda/Xerxes, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte and Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel. With the Sinfonieorchester Basel, she will perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Other concert projects include Rossini’s Stabat Materat the Kasseler Musiktage and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Peter Dijkstra.

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